Holmes comet 134 days after the outburst in Milky Way

I took full advantage of the second perfectly clear night after the period of bad weather for capturing this wide-angle image of the Milky Way and Holmes comet approaching the California nebula. The total exposure of 2.5 hours was long enough to capture not only the comet itself and the red light emitting nebula but also enabled me to visualize the dark nebulas in dense star field. The lens which I used for acquiring this image is worth mentioning too. Tamron 2.8/90mm is well known as an excellent macro lens - probably the best one. I was pleasantly surprised that this lens is absolutely excellent being focused to infinity as well. You must observe the image in darkness and on well adjusted monitor to fully enjoy it.
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Date6. 3. 2008
Time18:22 - 21:03 UT
PlaceNear Brno-Komín, Czech Republic
CoordinateN 49° 13.45', E 16° 32.98', Alt. 272 m
OpticsTamron SP AF Di 2.8/90mm + Astronomik CLS filter
CameraCanon EOS 5D
Exposure25× 6 min (ISO 1250)
Copyright© 2008 Miloslav Druckmüller

Miloslav Druckmüller
Institute of Mathematics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
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