Photo Gallery:Comet PanSTARRS (2013)
Comet PanSTARRS (2013)
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LocationBelmont, MA, USA
Date2013 March 20, 8 p.m. EDT
EquipmentCanon 20Da and 200-mm lens. Stack of a dozen 1.6-sec exposures at f/4.5 and ISO 3200, processed with Nebulosity and Photoshop.
DescriptionIt wasn't easy finding a spot near my home with a clear western horizon, but I did manage to find one on a hilltop near McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA. I had to set up my tripod in a snowbank, and my feet froze, but I got the shot I was after. This view matches quite closely what I saw in my 15 x 50 image-stabilized binoculars. Not a great comet, but better than nothing!
EquipmentCanon 350D + Jupiter 135 mm, ISO800, x 2 sek.
DescriptionThis photo I was taken on the first day of spring in the early evening.
LocationMontrose County, Colorado
Date3/19/13 - 8:50PM MDT
EquipmentCanon EOS 30D DSLR, fixed tripod. Canon EF 200mm f/2.8 lens (4.3 x 6.4 degree FOV). ASA 1000, 8 seconds @f/3.5.
DescriptionComet PanSTARRS setting under a first quarter moon brightened sky. (contrast/brightness enhanced)
Date3/19/2013, 8:34 MDT
EquipmentBorg 77EDII refractor with 0.85X Borg DG-L reducer, Canon 5D MKIII Losmandy GM8 mount.
DescriptionTaking advantage of the one completely clear forecasted evening in a week, I headed out north of Longmont, CO where I live and stopped on a side road in Berthoud, CO. 6s at ISO 3200. It was windy, freezing and I messed up the focus.
DateMarch 19, 2013 8:42 pm
EquipmentCanon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi, tamaron lens@80mm, fixed tripod, f/5.6,2.5 sec, iso(equiv)800, remote shutter release.
DescriptionFinally, a clear sky in ohio. Very windy and cold. After spotting it with binoculars, started snapping away until my dog started whining to go home. At last, the first comet that I have seen!
DateFeb. 13, 2013, 7:35 PM
Equipment4-inch Binoculars, Red Backlit Panel and Tracing Paper. Used multiple layers in different colors to assemble drawing.
DescriptionComet PanStarrs was only visible for a short time on the 13th (about 1/2 hour), but we were able to sketch several individual layers to assemble a color drawing of the Comet in the Sunset/Twilight.
LocationUS Naval Observatory Washington
DateMarch 14, 8:03 pm EDT
EquipmentNikon D7000, 400mm f/4.0 VR lens, 1/4 second ISO 4000.
DescriptionComet PanSTARRS March 14, 2013 from Washington, DC. This image is very similar to the view in 7x50 binoculars at this time.
LocationUS Naval Observatory
DateMarch 14 8:20 pm EDT
EquipmentUS Naval Observatory 12-inch f/15 Clark refractor, prime focus, Nikon D7000. Five second exposure ISO 4000.
DescriptionComet PanSTARRS was just above the horizon when this image was taken from the 12-inch refractor at the Naval Observatory, Washington, DC. The telescope was horizontal! A dark lane is just visible extending away from the Sun in this image.
LocationThe High Tatras, Slovakia
Date17. March, 2013
EquipmentCamera Canon 5D Mark II, Lens EF70-200mm f/4LL, USM, Focal Length 70 mm, Shutter Speed 10 sec, Aperture f/5, ISO 3200.
DescriptionI went on Sunday, March 17, 2013 for one day trip from Bratislava to the High Tatras mountains (370 km by car one way) to observe and to photograph a comet PANSTARRS (C/2011 L4). The comet was easily visible by naked eye, head bright as a star of 1,5 st magnitude and tail long 2-3 degrees. I will return to the mountains again as soon as weather permits. I saw my first comet Arend-Roland in spring 1957 as a 7 years old boy under the High Tatras too.
Locationnear Amarillo, TX
Date8:52 pm March 18, 2013
EquipmentPentax k10D camera with Asahi Takumar Bayonet 135mm lens on Manfrotto tripod with quick-release plate. ISO 400, f/8, shutter speed 3 sec (bulb), RAW
DescriptionCloudy skies cleared to allow a view of the comet just before it got too low to see.