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Comet Garradd created by Stephen W. It was created over a 2 hour period as the comet passed the star cluster M71 last week.
Stephen used a Celestron CGEM 800 with a Meade f/3.3 focal reducer and DSI II camera. Each frame is made from a one-minute exposure. A light pollution filter was used to reduce the effect of nearby streetlights.
Comet Garradd is in the process of entering the final and closest portion of its double dip toward Earth this year. It will be at its brightest during the next few days with a predicted peak on February 21. It will pass closest to Earth on March 5 as it becomes circumpolar and appears to circle the Big Dipper. My preview graphics have been updated at: www.CurtRenz.com/comets