New Comet C/2017 F2 Panstarrs

Photographer
Mike Olason
Email
moicylander@centurylink.net
Location of photo
Denver Colorado
Date/Time of photo
9 April 2017, 0649UT
Equipment
11" SCT f/6.4 and STF-8300M
Description
New comet discovered 31 March 2017. In this image it is magnitude 20.3 and will stay around magnitude 20 for the next year before fading away.
CATEGORIES
Astronomy Pictures: Sky & Telescope's Online Gallery, Meteor, Comet & Asteroid Pictures
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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