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Comet C/2004 Q2 Machholz

Comet C/2004 Q2 Machholz

The "Christmas" comet of 2004 became fairly bright around the end of the year and was an easy naked eye target under dark skies. The long, wispy blue ion-tail points away fom the sun, while the (very) short dust tail marks the trail of the comet. The fuzzy patch below the ion-tail is NGC1333.

Canon EOS 10D
Canon EOS 10D in prime focus of a Vixen R200SSDG( 8"/F4). 3x180sec./ISO1600. Postprocessing in ImagesPlus and Photoshop CS full exif

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