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Astrophoto: Comet C/2022 C3 (ZTF) – Mars – 02/23

Astrophoto with legacy lens. One year after collecting the data the processing finally worked. This material was one of the hardest to process, yet.

After having photographed the comet twice with my VISAC at a focal length of 1280mm, I wanted to seize the opportunity to capture a wide-angle shot featuring the nearby Mars. Coincidentally, there was also a star cluster in the frame.

Another picture taken with one of my legancy lenses. Sometimes a 80 EUR legacy lens fits best.

Full resolution on Flickr:

Comet C2022C3ZTF with Mars.

Labeling of the objects

Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF), Mars, Melotte 26 - NGC 1647
Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF), Mars, Melotte 26 – NGC 1647 – Photons collected on 02/13/2023.

On the left side, the overpowering Mars is visible. On the right side, slightly above, is the main subject of February 2023, Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF). Below that is the open star cluster Melotte 26 – Mel 26 or NGC 1647.

Technical overview

LensOlympus OM MC 135mm
Focal Length135mm
Erecting Lense
CameraCANON EOS M100(a)
Guiding Equipment240mm
Guiding CameraQHY 5-III-462C
MountSkywatcher HEQ5 Pro (Belt and Hypertuned)
Photography Date02/13/2023
Exposure-Time Lights38x120s
Correction framesFLATS, BIASES
SensitivityISO 800
Processing Date01/07/2024
Software StackINDI, PixInsight, Affinity Photo
Capture PlaceKoblenz, Germany

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