C/2004 Q2 (Machholz)
Here's a few views from a
dark-sky site about 100km SE of Melbourne.
|Imaged in northern Taurus on the 10th January 2005, the comet with the Pleiades in the same field; 10min exposure onto Fuji P-400F through a 135mm lens at f/2.8. Fading twilight responsible for the blue cast in the field.|
|Imaged on the 10th January; 10min exposure onto Fuji P-400F through a 300mm lens at f/2.8. Note thin gas tail at 12 o'clock and a broader dust tail at 3 o'clock.|
|An image taken against the stars of Lepus on the 14th December 2004; 5 minute exposure through a 300mm lens at f/2.8 onto E-200 slide film. The almost stellar nucleus and extensive blue-green coma are clearly displayed. No tail was visible.|