Comet Panstarrs K1
Faint comet in Ursa Major
May 29, 2014

 This 8th magnitude comet continues to be a challenge for astro imagers, now riding high in the north west near the zenith at the end of evening twilight. Seen here is the dust tail heading left from the comets coma in this image, and the stranded gas tail to the lower left. This gas tail is very faint and difficult to image - especially last night when this was taken because of the presence of a brilliant 4.6 magnitude star, Omega Ursa Majoris clipping the top of the comet here. The huge glow and diffraction spikes from this star nearly over power the comet, and a giant blooming spike right over the comets tail had to be removed as well. None the less, the comet shows a nice teal coma, and is developing nicely!
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Lens: 12.5" f/5 Home bult Newtonian Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 Exposure: 1h 18m LRGB Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 7/10, Transparency 8/10 Outside Temperature: 50F Processing Tools: Maxim DL, Photoshop CS2 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS