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Dimensions1499 x 1030
Original file size315 KB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceUnknown
Date taken31-Mar-13 21:12
Date modified1-Apr-13 13:15
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Camera makeNIKON CORPORATION
Camera modelNIKON D7000
Focal length300 mm
Focal length (35mm)450 mm
Max lens aperturef/4
Exposure6s at f/4
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 1600
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Comet C/2011 L4 (Panstarrs) at the VCO

Comet C/2011 L4 (Panstarrs) at the VCO

Yesterday at sunset a group of us were waiting for darkness at the VCO. Clear skies but I wasn't expecting another view of the comet with the hills to the west looming in the distance. Again forturnately it was higher in altitude than we had expected. Charles had mentioned an image on Space Weather that showed an image of Comet Panstarrs and M31. Indeed with a normal lens I could catch the pair in an image but alas not with the naked eye.

In this image I used a straight shot of the comet as the background but I also provide an inset of a gradient map of a series of stacked images that provide a better idea of the spread of light intensity around the comet. Its famous fan-like appearance is quite apparent.

Date: March 31 2013
Time: 9:11pm
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikon 300/4 AFS
ISO: 1600
Exposure: 6 seconds at f/4