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Comet 73P - M57 Close Encounter (May 7, 2006)

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  Object Comet 73P (Schwassmann-Wachmann) close encounter with M57-The Ring Nebula (22:45-23:45 EDT May 7, 2006), in Lyra
  Telescope (Photo) Meade LX200GPS 12" SCT @ f/6.3
  Telescope (Guiding) Meade LX200GPS 12" SCT @ f/6.3 (off-axis)
  Camera (Photo) Canon 20Da DSLR
  Camera (Guiding) Meade DSI Pro II w/ Envisage
  Exposure Detail Single 90-second exposure, ISO1600; RAW file conversion, full calibration (bias, flat, dark), and initial image processing using ImagesPlus 2.75; final image processing using Photoshop CS2
  Location Caesar Creek State Park, Ohio (N39.513, W84.020)
  Date 05/07/06
  Comments In September 2006, this photo won second place in the “Best Lunar / Planetary Astrophoto” category in the 2006 SCT User Imaging competition: