Holmes comet 131 days after the outburst and NGC 1499 California nebula

On March 1-2, 2008 there was an extreme weather in the Czech Republic - devastating windstorm, heavy rainfall and even thunderstorm which is very unusual in this period of year. In the evening on March 2 the sky cleared for several hours and the air was crystal clear. I used this short period of excellent observing conditions for taking the image of Holmes comet approaching the California nebula (see detail).
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Date2. 3. 2008
Time18:48 - 20:34 UT
PlaceBrno-Komín, Czech Republic
CoordinateN 49° 13.45', E 16° 32.98', Alt. 272 m
OpticsZeiss Sonnar 2.8/180mm + Astronomik CLS filter
CameraCanon EOS 5D
Exposure12× 8 min (ISO 1600)
Copyright© 2008 Miloslav Druckmüller

Miloslav Druckmüller
Institute of Mathematics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
Page last update: 2.4.2008