Forever Young

If February 29th were your birthday you would age one year for every four that passes. No, not really.

Forecast was for clear skies and I almost traveled to my dark site. Good thing I didn’t as clouds came in. Skies were generally clear from my observatory this Friday night so I tried to capture Comet 17/P Holmes close to the California Nebula. Click here or the image to the right for a larger version.

I was inspired to try this after reading Chris Schur’s post in Canon Digital Astro forum, and seeing Dave Kodamas fine picture of the comet from early in February. This target would have been perfect from the Flint Hills as the western skies there are free of any significant light pollution. That is not the case from my rural observatory.

Fridays high moisture and intermittent thin clouds complicated capturing this image. IRIS did a pretty decent job removing the light pollution gradient. That was after I threw away a dozen sub-exposures that had the worst of the clouds in them.

The comet is pretty faint now compared to a few months ago.

Forever young, I want to be forever young,
Do you really want to live forever?
Forever forever,