New Comet C/2017 K2 Panstarrs probably not the next Hale-Bopp

Photographer
Mike Olason
Email
moicylander@centurylink.net
Location of photo
Denver Colorado
Date/Time of photo
24 May 2017, 0942UT
Equipment
11" SCT f/6.4 and STF-8300M CCD Camera
Description
There is a lot of talk about C/2017 K2 Panstarrs which is 1.5 Billion miles from Earth and magnitude 18.8 in this image. At close approach to Earth in June/July 2023 it will still be 108 Million miles from Earth and probably about magnitude 5 according to the latest orbit data. Of course, it is a comet which we know little about so we have 6 years to debate what will really happen. It was very windy when these images were collected so it did not make for a very good final image. Good thing the comet is already a bright magnitude 18.8!
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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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