Comet ZTF and Mars Shinning close to Hyades and Pleiades Immersed in the Colorful Dusty Field of Taurus

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A wide field view of the winter sky shows a duet of open clusters known as Hyades and Pleiades, involved in the faint dust from Taurus molecular cloud. Comet c/2022 E3 (ZTF) and planet Mars also joined the scene, while being visible in this region of the sky on February 13, 2023. The close-up image of Mars and Comet ZTF was taken from Dark Sky® Alqueva official osbervatory in Portugal, on this date with a 300mm lens and it was later rescaled and star aligned to perfectly match on the background deep field scene I had previously acquired and processed in 2020, which comprises 5h of long exposure integration taken from the same place with a 105mm lens to reveal the faintest dust of this colorful region of the winter sky. For that particular reason, the field unfortunately doesn’t cover entirely the area where is located planet Mars.

PT: Um amplo campo de visão revela um dueto de aglomerados abertos conhecidos como Híades e Pleiades, envolvidos na ténue poeira da nuvem molecular do Touro. O cometa c/2022 E3 (ZTF) e o planeta Marte também entraram em cena, sendo visíveis nesta região do céu a 13 de Fevereiro de 2023. A imagem em close-up de Marte e do cometa ZTF foi captada nesta data a partir do Obervatório Oficial do Dark Sky® Alqueva, na Cumeada, com uma objectiva de 300 mm e posteriormente foi redimensionada e alinhada às estrelas para ser combinada com a imagem de fundo adquirida e processada previamente em 2020 a partir do mesmo local, e que compreende uma integração total de 5h de exposição, captadas com uma lente de 105 mm para assim poder revelar a poeira mais subtil e fraca dessa região colorida do céu de inverno. Por esse motivo particular, o campo infelizmente não cobre totalmente a área onde está localizado o planeta Marte.

Above is an image presented in portrait version, intended to help conduct the reader attention to the most interesting parts of the image.

PT: Acima, está uma foto apresentada em uma versão retrato com o objetivo intencional de ajudar a conduzir a atenção do leitor para as partes mais interessantes da imagem. 

Technical details | Detalhes Técnicos

Comet ZTF and Mars :Canon fixed prime lens 300mm at f/3,5 + Canon 6D modified | ISO2500 – sub Exp. of 70 seconds in a total 54 images | Total integration: 63 minutes. Mount EQ6 Pro – Auto-guiding off. Processing on PixInsight 1.8.9-1, photoshop CC 2023 and Premiere Pro 2023. Cumeada Observatory from Dark Sky® Alqueva Reserve, Reguengos de Monsaraz.

Taurus molecular cloud, including Pleiade and Hyades: Sigma Art 105mm set to f/2,5 + Nikon D810a | ISO800 – Exp. 100 seconds x 161 lights | Montagem AZHEQ5 Pro |Total integration of 161 Lights: 268 minutes. Processing on PixInsight 1.8.8-4 and Photoshop CC 2020. Cumeada Observatory from Dark Sky® Alqueva Reserve, Reguengos de Monsaraz.



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