PanSTARRS-N1 | Ralph Hartwell

Ralph Hartwell
Location of photo
Natchitoches, Louisiana USA
Date/Time of photo
2013-03-12 19:19
Tripod mounted Nikon D80, 4 second exposure, f5.6, 135mm, ISO 1600, White Balance 5000k. Image lightly processed in Photoimpact for contrast enhancement.
This was the first clear evening we had in two weeks, so we took a trip to a nearby lake where we had a good view of the western horizon. Although not easily visible to the naked eye, the comet was an easy and beautiful sight through binoculars. I was impressed by the brightness of the nucleus. There was considerable haze and smoke, which dimmed the view of the new moon and PanSTARRS considerably.