Honey Bee on a Mock Orange Bush
Western Honey Bee
Comet C/2001 Q4 Neat was discovered on August 4, 2001 by the Near Earth Asteroid Tracking Team (NEAT). This comet spent most of its time in the southern hemisphere until May 2004 when it went North and brightened.
Comet C/2001 Q4 NEAT, came within 0.34 astronomical units (au) of earth. It reached perihelion (closest approach in it’s orbit) on May 15, 2004 . This hyperbolic comet will be flung out of our solar system, never to be seen again.
AU or Astronomical Unit (roughly earth’s distance from the sun) 93,000,000 miles.
I was lucky to have a clear May night in Oregon to image Comet C/2001 Q4 Neat May 24, 2004.
|Telescope / Lens||TEC 140mm f/7 Refractor
|Mount Type||Astro-Physics 1200|
|Exposure||4 hours 5 minutes 245 RGB=45 min. @ -25° C|
|Processing||CCDSoft, AIP4Win, CCDStack & Photoshop CS2|
|Location|| June Mountain, near Dexter, Oregon
|Conditions||3252′ magnitude 6.2 Skies; Clear & Steady|
NGC 891 Edge on Spiral (HV19) Caldwell 23
NGC 891 is a great Edge on Galaxy in the constellation of Andromeda. NGC 891 is 30 million light years from earth at apparent magnitude 10.8 and 120 thousand light years across. At 13.5′ x 2.5 arcminutes, it shows up nicely in medium to large amateur telescopes.
This Edge on Spiral galaxy’s dust lanes are prominent and show nice detail in long exposures. The dust lanes are similar to out own Milky Way if observed from the same distance edge on. On a clear summer night, the dark rift from Cygnus down to Sagittarius is now given a different perspective. William Herschel discovered NGC 891 on October 6, 1784, this galaxy is a member of the NGC 1023 group of galaxies