Comet P/2016 BA14 Panstarrs 2.8 Million Miles from Earth

Photographer
Mike Olason
Location of photo
Denver, Colorado
Date/Time of photo
2016/03/20 0707 UT
Equipment
11" SC Telescope and STF-8300M CCD Camera
Description
Comet P/2016 BA14 Panstarrs will make close approach to Earth on March 22. The images are all short due to how fast the comet is moving. The last image is a stack centered on the comet showing the stars as streaks.
CATEGORIES
Meteor, Comet & Asteroid Pictures, Online Gallery
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 images reflect reality, not artistry.
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