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













  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 Multiple (animated .gif) exposure of 20 images at 90 seconds each, ISO1600; RAW file conversion, full calibration (bias, flat, dark), and initial image processing using ImagesPlus 2.75; final image processing and .gif animation using Photoshop CS2
  Location Caesar Creek State Park, Ohio (N39.513, W84.020)
  Date 05/07/06
  Comments This animation won 1st place in the "Solar System" category of the astro-photo competition at the 36th Annual Apollo Rendezvous in Dayton, Ohio on June 17, 2006.