C/2022 E3 (ZTF) 2023-Feb-20 Chris Schur

Comet ZTF-E3 flies past Sharpless 2-250 in Orion
in the evening sky

Now at 7th magnitude and no longer easy naked eye, this comet continues to be beautiful, with a long ray like gas tail ad a curving dust fan. This is the last time the comet will pass a significant nebula, but alas - Sh2-250 is terribly faint! The faint galaxies in the bottom of the frame have excellent spiral details.

Lens: 10" f/2.9 GSO Astrograph Newtonian w/Nexus corrector
Platform: Astrophysics AP1200
Camera: ASI071MC Pro CMOS OSC cooled
Exposure: 55 mins
Location: Payson, Arizona
Elevation: 5150 ft.
Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 6/10
Outside Temperature: 32F
Processing Tools: Maxim DL, Photoshop CS2


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