Comet P/2016 BA14 Panstarrs 0.05 AU from Earth

Photographer
Mike Olason
Location of photo
Denver, Colorado
Date/Time of photo
2016/03/17 0233 UT and 0339 UT
Equipment
11" SC f/6 telescope and STF-8300M CCD camera
Description
The comet is currently 0.05 AU (4.7 million miles) from Earth moving across our skies at 0.2 degrees per hour. At close approach on March 23 it will be 0.024 AU (2.23 million miles) from Earth moving across our skies at 1 degree per hour. It is expected to be magnitude 12-13, visible only in telescopes unfortunately.
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Astronomy Pictures: Sky & Telescope's Online Gallery, Meteor, Comet & Asteroid Pictures
Mike Olason

About Mike Olason

I started imaging comets in 1994 with an ST-5 CCD Camera and an 11" SC Telescope. Since then the CCD cameras have changed (ST-7, ST-402ME and STF-8300M), but I am still using the 11" SC Telescope. Naturally I have used a lot of smaller telescopes to obtain larger fields of view. I live south of Denver at an elevation of 6150 feet which allows me to image comets down to about magnitude 20.5. My images are not pretty, they have only been dark subtracted, flat fielded, contrast/brightness adjusted and maybe a median filter to reduce the image noise. This is all done with the camera software CCDOps. The comet images reflect reality, not photographic artistry.
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