Catalina between Pinwheel Galaxy and Mizar-Alcor


José J. Chambó Bris

Mayhill, New Mexico (USA)

Takahashi FSQ ED 106mm. f/5.0 & SBIG STL-11000M

Comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina) imaged on January 17th 2016, in conjunction with the Pinwheel Galaxy (M 101) at left, and the popular pair of stars Mizar and Alcor surrounded by a bright halo induced by the refractor telescope optics. The comet stands out in center with its greenish coma from which departs a bright dust tail arched toward down, and a long ionic tail more faint toward right, going above the couple of stars.