Comet C/2011 L4 Pan-STARRS


    My quest to capture comet Pan-STARRS began on March 12th 2013 with a beautiful sunset.  For fear of being clouded out I took a few images figuring "Hey. if I don't capture the comet atleast it wasn't a total loss."

    This image was taken at 23:48:27UT, using an EF55-250mm zoom lens set at 55mm.  The exposure was 1/200th sec. ISO 400 at F/10.



    This image was taken at 23:49:50UT, with the lens set at 55mm, 1/160th sec. ISO 400 at F/5.6.



   (Move your cuser over the image if you have trouble finding the comet.)

     I first caught site of comet PanSTARRS at about 00:19UT using a pair of 10x50mm binoculars.  It was still very much hidden in twilight.

This image was taken at 00:40:24UT, with the lens set at 60mm, for 15sec. ISO 400 at F/5.6.



    This image was taken at 00:39:33UT, with the lens set at 250mm, for 8sec. ISO400 at F/5.6.



    This image was taken at 00:29:15UT, with the lens set at 229mm, for 1.6sec. ISO 400 at F5.6.



    This image was taken at 00:45:33 with the lens at 163mm, for 8sec. ISO800 at F5.6.



    And the last image of the evening...

This image was taken at 00:52:23 with the lens set at 90mm, for 20sec. ISO800 at F/5.6.




CAMERA:  Canon 450D, (Rebel XSi.)

LENS:  Canon EF/IS 55-250mm zoom.

PROCESSING:  Photoshop CS3


    Comets are usually named for the astronomer or the observatory that discovered them .  Comet Pan-STARRS was discovered by the 'Panoramic Survey Telescope' and 'Rapid Response System' telescope located in Hawaii.  Hence the odd sounding name in this case.

   For more information on the 'numeric tags' applied to comets you can visit the link below.




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