Joshua (2 Sep 2011)
"To: Jim Bramlett Re: Comet Elenin Photo"


I'm sorry, brother, but what you have there is almost certainly Venus. According to Stellarium, it is now at -3.81 magnitude, just a few degrees off the sun - in other words, pretty much exactly in the position you would expect it to be in your photo :-)

Incidentally, you want to think twice about pointing your camera at the sun. The CCD optics in the camera are quite sensitive.