Comet Panstarrs K1 
in the evening sky
May 18th, 2014

 This comet continues to surprise imagers with its twin tails and stunning stellar backdrops. Here, the comet is zooming past the bright star Chi Ursa Majoris and the edge on galaxy just above it NGC3877. The comets teal head is stunning, and you can start to see some ray details in the ion tail.

Two versions of the data are presented below. The top image is a conventional shot in full true color. The second image is a negative image with the contrast set to best show the long thin tendrils in the gas tail.

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Lens: 80mm f/4.8 Stellarvue SV80s astrograph Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 Exposure: L = 60m RGB = 15m Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 5/10, Transparency 6/10 Outside Temperature: 50F Processing Tools: Maxim DL, Photoshop CS2 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS