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. 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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