Faint Comet C/2017 S3 PANSTARRS may become a Naked Eye Comet

Mike Olason
Location of photo
Denver, Colorado
Date/Time of photo
12 November 2017, 0146UT
11" SCT f/6.4 and STF-8300M CCD Camera
Faint Comet C/2017 S3 PANSTARRS is predicted to increase one million times in brightness from these images until it reaches perihelion in August 2018. It will go from magnitude 19.6 in these images to a predicted magnitude 4 when it passes about 20 million miles from the Sun on August 15, 2018. Unfortunately from Denver it will probably be lost in the morning twilight one week before it's close approach to the Sun.
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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 "moicylander@centurylink.net".
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