Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) & the Pleiades

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José says: “The comet de­ploys a long, blue tail in­side our So­lar Sys­tem, com­posed of car­bon monox­ide ionised by the so­lar wind, while the blue neb­u­los­ity around the star clus­ter is clouds of in­ter­stel­lar dust en­light­ened by the bright­est stars.

The im­age is a mo­saic com­posed of three tiles, to fill a wide field of 7°x2° and catch both the comet and Pleiades. The main dif­fi­culty was bal­anc­ing the pro­cess­ing so

that I could high­light the faint comet with­out over­ex­pos­ing the bright clus­ter.”

Equip­ment: SBIG STL11000M CCD cam­era, Taka­hashi FSQ-106ED re­frac­tor.

BBC Sky at Night Mag­a­zine says: “We’re al­ready well aware of José’s in­cred­i­ble comet im­ages, but this one re­ally made us take no­tice. Man­ag­ing to cap­ture both the comet and the Pleiades is a real treat, cre­at­ing one of those im­ages that, the longer you look at it, the more de­tail leaps out at you.”

About José: “I started to de­velop as an am­a­teur astronomer in 1985 dur­ing the last visit of Hal­ley’s Comet. I have been en­thu­si­as­tic about comets from the be­gin­ning, and in all these years I have ex­tended my knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence in track­ing and ob­ser­va­tion, as well as in as­tropho­tograpy. My ad­vice to be­gin­ners would be to spe­cialise in a spe­cific genre of astropho­tog­ra­phy that in­ter­ests them. Look at the work of the best pho­tog­ra­phers but dis­cover your own style and al­ways try to im­prove.”

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