Comet P/2016 BA14 Panstarrs Buzzes by Earth

Photographer
Mike Olason
Location of photo
Denver, Colorado
Date/Time of photo
2016/03/22 10:23 UT
Equipment
11" SC Telescope and STF-8300M CCD Camera
Description
These images show the comet 4 hours from closest approach to Earth. The comet was about to set over Denver Colorado and it makes closest approach during morning daylight in Denver. The Full Moon nearby, thin clouds and low altitude over Denver made the images look hazy. Thankfully, the snow blizzard waited one day until after this rare event. Unfortunately, the comet looked more like an asteroid than a comet.
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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