Comet C/2020 M3 (Atlas)

Comet C/2020 M3 (Atlas) is passing near Orion. Don’t hurry out to see it; the view is not as spectacular as Comet NEOWise earlier this year – in fact you probably won’t see Atlas without binoculars. I shot some photos on 11/11/2020.

Orion with comet indicated by red arrow

Some light pollution from Albion, MI is apparent in the lower left part of the image. This is image is cropped slightly from a photo taken at 25 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2500, 64mm (128 mm ff equivalent).

This is a very-zoomed-in gif comprised of three frames: the first from large image, taken at ~10:30 PM EST, and two additional images taken at about 10:50 and 11:10. You will be able to see the greenish comet move relative to the background stars over the course of the 40 minutes. Sadly, you’ll also be able to see the effect of dew building up on my lens; I have a lens heater to prevent this, but I left its power source at home. 🙁 







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