Saturday, March 16, 2013

C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS) low on the horizon, March 14, 2013

You gotta take advantage of every clear night you get! Even though I had just gotten some much cooler shots of PanSTARRS with the moon the night before, I saw the weather clearing up and headed to the hill on Forrest Creason Golf Course in time to see the comet setting over the BGSU campus.

I was hoping for a cooler image of the Bowling Green skyline, but the commet was setting a little north of 270ยบ (due West) and ended up over the roof of the Perry Field House.

c/2011 L4 panstarrs
4 images stacked, each 5 sec, ISO 400, 300mm, f/5.6
Over the next few weeks the comet will fade, while at the same time staying visible in the sky longer after sunset - so it's sort of a trade off. Hopefully I'll get a couple more chances to photograph it higher in the sky with a brighter tail.

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