Comet C/2023 P1 Nishimura: a image – 5 Sept. 2023

We imaged the nice comet C/2023 P1 Nishimura, right now showing a stunning tail. Despite it was very low in a bright sky due to the Moon, we captured a great image.

C/2023 P1 Nishimura: 5 Sept. 2023.

C/2023 P1 Nishimura: 5 Sept. 2023.

The image above comes from the sigma-clipping combination of 8, 60-second unfiltered exposures, remotely taken with the ARTEC250+Paramount ME+C3Pro61000EC robotic unit available as part of the Virtual Telescope Project facility in Manciano, Italy. Images were collected while the comet was less than 14 deg. high above the NE horizon, with a 70% bright Moon high in the sky.

Despite the unfavorable conditions mentioned above, the comet showed so beautifully, with a glorious, very detailed tail. Its structures evolved in matter of minutes: we plan to release a time lapse later today.

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