Thursday, March 14, 2013

Comet through my scope

     Drove back to Pt. Mouillee again this evening and did some comet viewing with  Allen Chartier and his wife Nancy.   The nearly cloudless sky gave me a chance to photograph Comet Panstarrs through my telescope.  

View through Celestron C-8

Shot through my 500mm lens
  The photo above shows the comet as the sky got a little darker.   The longer exposure revealed a dim star under the comet.  The star is named 51 Piscium and it shines at magnitude 5.68.  With each magnitude equaling roughly 2.52x brighter the Panstarrs is probably 3 or 4 magnitudes brighter than the star.

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