Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) Gif

Mike Olason
Location of photo
Denver, Colorado
Date/Time of photo
23 June 2018, 0801UT
11" SCT f/6.4 and STF-8300M CCD Camera
Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) will be at perihelion in its 128,071 year orbit on August 10 when it will be 205 million miles from the Sun, at aphelion it will be 470 billion miles from the Sun. In this gif Comet C/2016 M1 is 120 million miles from the Earth at about magnitude 9, as bright as it probably will get. It is only 7 degrees above the southern horizon in this and will not be visible from Denver (40N) north after July 8 until September 2019 when it will again be visible from Denver at about magnitude 15.
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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 almost magnitude 21 on a perfect night. Unfortunately ChemTrails have turned Denver cloudy and dry. I use the camera software CCDOps to process my images. All I do to each image is dark subtraction and flat field, stack images as required to show faint comets, contrast/bright adjust the final image and maybe use a median filter to reduce the image noise. The result is an image that reflects reality and will never win any picture of the day award. If you would like to use my images for a project or ask a question send me an email to "".
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