Monday, 1 April 2013

Comet Pan-Starrs

Finally got a clear night. Went out at 830pm and drove out to the same spot I went to near Wood End. Encountered two Badgers and a Tawny Owl on the way.
The comet is very low in the north west, and has faded over the last few weeks. In binoculars it is not too different in brightness to the nearby Andromeda galaxy, and would be borderline naked eye visibility were it higher in the sky. It has a very nice broad fan shaped dust tail which shows very well on some of the high resolution deeper images that I have seen, and ideally I would have preferred to use something a bit longer than the 100mm lens Zeiss lens. Exposures were made at iso 800, 30 seconds at f4.

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