Is new comet P/2016 P2 Panstarrs a close collection of Fragments?

Mike Olason
Location of photo
Denver Colorado
Date/Time of photo
2016/08/15 0525UT, 0904UT and 0935UT
11" SC Telescope and STF-8300M CCD Camera
These images show new comet P/2016 P2 Panstarrs at several different times on the night of 8/15/2016. The comet would appear to be a collection of at least 3 close fragments. The images are all centered on the same star field. The comet is reported as being magnitude 20.3 with a condensed coma.
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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. Unfortunately, the constant spraying of Chem Trails over Denver has turned the Denver Front Range into a cloudy dry desert. 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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