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Caught Comet Panstarrs

Discussion in 'Astrophotography' started by Djarum, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    Here in the northern hemisphere, comet panstarrs is now visible just after sunset. I could not spot it with my naked eye, but showed up nicely in a pair of 10x50 binos and a widefield 4" refractor telescope. Took this shot with the E-PL2 at 150mm, f5.6, 2 second exposure.

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    And a crop:



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  2. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    That is so cool ... you have an image of a unique celestial body ... you have captured a comet, frozen in time by your own hand with your own equipment.

    Gary
     
  3. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    Congratulations! At the risk of jinxing the situation, today is the first clear sky we've had up here in about a week and I'm planning to set up for a shot tonight.
     
  4. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    You just jinxed it.
     
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  5. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Another one

    The comet watcher gazes over the landscape with hopes drooping ... too danged many clouds, haze and fog.

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    The local illuminaries were not in a helping mood ...

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    Off in the distance something looks different ...

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    There it is! A comet is seen along with planes a plenty!

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    Comet Pan-STARRS

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    Wide shots are Nikon Series E 100mm F2.8 ... others are Sigma 70-300mm at 300mm F5.6
     
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  6. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Very cool!
     
  7. acercanto

    acercanto Mu-43 Regular

    107
    Apr 15, 2011
    SW VA, USA
    Similar to you, I couldn't see it with the naked eye. I thought the night was a bust until I got home and started processing.
    This is the best of what I got with my 45-200.
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    Acer
     
  8. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    No naked eye but binos help a lot! Everyone should have a decent pair.
     
  9. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    Rob,

    Very nice. Good you could get a shot.
     
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  10. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    Yes! Even though I think I should have gone to 10x40's instead. My 10x50's are heavy.

    I was finally able to see it with averted vision just as it was heading behind a tree line when the sky finally had gone dark.
     
  11. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    I love the trees and power lines. Gives good information for reference.
     
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  12. JudyM

    JudyM Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    Very nice results, I'm glad someone got shots of it. I was out with the Gf1 and Canon 400mm hoping to get
    a shot before the clouds rolled in, but it didn't happen. There were too many clouds here last night, and
    it looks like tonight will be worse.
     
  13. Mr Hahn

    Mr Hahn Mu-43 Veteran

    239
    Jul 9, 2010
    SLC, Utah
    Nate
    Here's mine from the night of the 12th taken with the 75mm @ F1.8 and cropped:

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  14. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Everyone has the same clouds! Bizzarro world.
     
  15. Joe King

    Joe King Mu-43 Regular

    137
    Mar 3, 2013
    Dublin, Ireland
    Great shots, guys! I'd love to get a telescope and get more into astronomy and astrophotography but our almost permanently overcast Irish skies mean it would spend most/all of its time in the garage gathering dust. :(
     
  16. JudyM

    JudyM Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    My humble attempt with 25 mph winds buffeting the camera and tripod. I didn't realize the comet would be so high in the sky, I was hoping to get some horizon in the photo for a point of reference.

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  17. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    Nicely done - great shot!:2thumbs:
     
  18. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    I tried last night with my e-pl2 hooked up to the telescope, but clouds rolled in.
     
  19. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror!

    935
    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    Clint
    Here's mine...
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    and one more with my E-5
    P3176132-20130317-X2.

    and an alternate crop
    P3170074-20130317-2-X2.
     
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  20. kulardenu

    kulardenu New to Mu-43

    1
    Feb 7, 2012
    Best I have got so far on the 13th. Too many cloudy nights in Michigan lately...
    epl-1 40-150 zoom 10 & 5 sec f7.1
    7-800.

    8-800.