C/2004 Q2 (Machholz) – JAN 6, 2005 Update

I went to town on the light pollution in the image, and finally got something that would let me pop the tails out some more. It made a huge difference. The coma is still obviously green. But now the ion tail appears blue, while the short dust tail is a bit yellowish. I didn’t do any color painting to bring those out. The only thing I did was flatten out the reddish sky gradien so I wouldn’t have a huge red pepperoni in the middle of the shot when I boosted detail in the darkest areas.

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