Comet C/2022 E3 ZTF


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My image of comet C/2022 E3 ZTF, taken Feb 1st from the back yard. It's gained some press lately, but was unfortunately not visible to the naked eye unless you were in some really dark skies. I was only able to capture a faint remnant of its ion tail. Comets have some unique challenges in imaging them. Namely, they move at a different rate across the sky relative to the stars. It requires editing the same image twice, once for the stars, and once for the comet, and combining them.


Redcat 51

ZWO ASI2600MC Pro camera

ZWO autofocuser

Celestron AVX mount


Sequence Generator Pro

Edited in PixInsight and Photoshop

69 subexposures at 60sec each for a total integrated exposure of 69 minutes

Comet C2022 E3 ZTF large.jpg

Here's the setup

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The green comet! This is fantastic work! You even have a whisper of the tail showing in this one.

Really impressive. 👏
Wow that is super cool......... You know comets are actually aliens that decide not to land here. Generally when they do land it's in Nebraska or Kansas....

Anyway nice shot, nice set up too.... Too bad you didn't get a shot of that Chinees spy balloon lol.

I bet your set up would be great for Alaska and shooting the Aurora Borealis ya?
Not really into Astro photography much but I can't help admiring this. Excellent.
Nice shot and setup.

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