Comet C/2016 Panstarrs R2
in the Evening sky
January 5th, 2018

 This amazing comet is classified as an extremely rare Carbon Monoxide Comet, and displays a very strong blue coloration and a wild thrashing tail. Tonight it was near 10.5th magnitude and right next to the blazing 3.6 magnitude star Gamma Tauri, which marks the apex of the V shaped asterism of the Hayades star cluster. Needless to say, that star which is the beacon in the image below made a mess of the field in a NABG CCD camera!

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Field here is about 1 degree
Lens: 10" f/3.9 Orion Astrograph with Baader MPCC coma corrector Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 Camera: SBIG ST10XME Exposure: 60m BRGB Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 7/10, Transparency 3/10 Outside Temperature: 30F Processing Tools: Maxim DL, Photoshop CS2 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS