Comet P/2016 BA14 Panstarrs 2.22 Million Miles from Earth

Photographer
Mike Olason
Location of photo
Denver, Colorado
Date/Time of photo
2016/03/22 03:54UT and 06:21UT
Equipment
11" SC Telescope and STF-8300M CCD Camera
Description
Comet P/2016 BA14 Panstarrs makes it's close approach to Earth today, March 22. A high thin cloud deck compromised the images, but they attempt to show the comets fast movement across Earth's skies in several different ways. A nearby skunk helped take the last set of images. Cheers.
CATEGORIES
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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