Comet Panstarrs K1
Faint comet in Hydra
September 29, 2014

 This binocular brightness comet is currently very low in the morning sky, just before sunup in Hydra just below the "head". Now at magnitude 7, it can be easily seen as a glowing patch with just a hint of dust tail in the 11x80s and is a rewarding sight in images with the 12.5" astrograph. This comet is coming in and will brighten, but get even lower and then head south for the southern hemisphere. Here the comet was so low in the morning twilight that only half the telescope aperture could get the comet over the observatory wall. Not the best conditions, but it did record as a splendid object. I spent most of the time dodging morning monsoon clouds for this shot, barely getting in 15 minutes total on it.
This 3/4 degree wide field show the comet stunning cyan coloration in the head, a decidedly yellow dust tail to the upper left, and a faint hint of a blue gas tail pointing to the right. Select an image size for a larger view: 1290 x 960
Lens: 12.5" f/5 Home bult Newtonian Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 Exposure: 15m 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