Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Auriga (Aur)  ·  Contains:  Solar system body or event
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Closeup of Comet C/2020 M3 ATLAS as it drifts by El Nath - During heavy moonlight, 



    
        

            Dan Bartlett
Closeup of Comet C/2020 M3 ATLAS as it drifts by El Nath - During heavy moonlight
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Closeup of Comet C/2020 M3 ATLAS as it drifts by El Nath - During heavy moonlight

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Closeup of Comet C/2020 M3 ATLAS as it drifts by El Nath - During heavy moonlight, 



    
        

            Dan Bartlett
Closeup of Comet C/2020 M3 ATLAS as it drifts by El Nath - During heavy moonlight
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Closeup of Comet C/2020 M3 ATLAS as it drifts by El Nath - During heavy moonlight

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron RASA 11" Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph 11"

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI294MC Pro

Mounts: 10micron GM1000HPS

Software: Sequence Generator SGPro  ·  Pleiades Astrophoto, S.L. PinInsight 1.8


Date: Dec. 4, 2020

Time: 01:00

Seeing: 4

Transparency: 8


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 4066045

RA center: 05h24m09s.8

DEC center: +29°0245

Pixel scale: 1.546 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 270.845 degrees

Field radius: 1.019 degrees


Resolution: 3888x2720

Locations: 7700ft June Lake Ca USA, June Lake, Ca, United States

Data source: Backyard

Description

We seem to have forgotten this bright Green comet. Taken during heavy waning gibbous moonlight, the comet is sporting a delicate dust orange tail. It will enter into the same field as the Flaming Star Nebula on December 8 and 9th (without moonlight)

The bright bluish star, top left, is +1.67 magnitude double star EL Nath at 134 ly and a hot (13,600K) class B star 700x the sun's luminosity.  It shares both constellations of Taurus and Auriga.

Stars are rich in this part of the sky as 306 x 60 second exposures taken during heavy waning gibbous moonlight Dec 3-4th, 2020 can surely attest.  

I used a Celestron RASA11 telescope and a ZWO asi 294mcP camera from June Lake California (Next to Yosemite).  

The  comet is sporting a delicate dust orange tail.  It will enter into the same field as the Flaming Star Nebula on December 8 and 9th (without moonlight) in the constellation of Auriga.

Thanks folks.Dan Bartlett

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Closeup of Comet C/2020 M3 ATLAS as it drifts by El Nath - During heavy moonlight, 



    
        

            Dan Bartlett