Spot the Comet by Malcolm Park

Photo of the Week for April 8, 2016

Spot the Comet by Malcolm Park

Currently making its way through the constellation Ophiuchus is Comet 252P/LINEAR. Under good conditions it can be seen in the predawn sky with ordinary binoculars, appearing as a small fuzzball. Photographer Malcolm Park captured this scene on April 5, 2016, at 5 a.m., EDT, from Bloomfield, Prince Edward County, Ontario, looking south over Lake Ontario. Also shown are two additional solar-system interlopers, Mars and Saturn. Can you identify all three in the photo above? (If not, scroll down for the answer key.)

Malcolm used a Nikon D810A DSLR camera at ISO 3200 and 14-24 f/2.8 zoom lens (set to 24mm and f/4) on a Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer tracking mount for this single, 60-second exposure.

Spot the Comet by Malcolm Park

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