Comet C/2016 Panstarrs R2
in the Evening sky
Feb 3, 2018

 We never know what this comet is going to do from week to week. After a long wait for full moon, this was the first evening with a dark sky to shoot the comet again. The tail has faded to a dim fan shape, with little details. However a small cloud appears to be below the comet, possibly a puff of gas from an earlier outburst or a background nebula. Very dim indeed, we can still see the coma as teal colored.

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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: 51 x3m RGB Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 7/10, Transparency 3/10 Outside Temperature: 40F Processing Tools: Maxim DL, Photoshop CS2 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS