Comet NEAT (C/2001 Q4) in Beehive Cluster (M44)

Lens: Zeiss 180 mm f/2.8 @f/4
Camera: Canon 10D
Mount: CG-5
Exposures:  4 @ 2 min.
Settings:  Raw mode; ISO 800
Date: 4/15/04
Exposure Start Time: 10:00 PM CDT

Images were reduced and combined (Adaptive Add) in ImagesPlus. The composite was adjusted (Levels, Curves, Color Balance) in Photoshop CS. To reduce noise, I applied a Gaussian blur through a channel mask.

Shot from my yard in southeastern Minnesota.

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