Despite the very bright Moon, at Virtual Telescope we wanted to capture a new image of comet C/2014 E2 Jacques.
The image above comes from the average of 5, 180-seconds exposures, remotely taken with the 17″ robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope. The telescope’s mount tracked the apparent motion of the comet. At the imaging time, the comet was at less than 40 degrees above the horizon and the Moon was a severe issue from the west: despite this, the ion tail is showing pretty well, with many intriguing details.
The image was carefully processed and nonlinear stretching was used to show both the bright central condensation and faint tail details.
The image scale is 1.2″/pixel.
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