Comet P/2016 BA14 Panstarrs and its mother Comet 252P Linear

Mike Olason
Location of photo
Denver Colorado
Date/Time of photo
2016/04/03 1007-1136UT
11" SCT, 1" Efinder Scope, STF-8300M, ST-402
Some say comet P/2016 BA14 Panstarrs is a fragment of comet 252P Linear. The mother is magnitude 6 and the sibling is magnitude 17 in these images. In these images they are 56 degrees apart in Earth's sky and after their close approaches are now just shy of 0.1 AU from Earth. 252P has a coma of about 1 degree, BA14 has a very short dim tail not visible in these images.
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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 on a clear night. I give permission to anyone who may want to use my images for a project or article, especially school projects. All that I ask is that if you use some of my images that you give me credit for taking the images. I have 1000s of comet images so if you would like more images of the same comet on a different date, other comets or would like to ask a question about one of my comet images send me an email to "".
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