Comet PANSTARRS C/2011 L4

Comet PANSTARRS C/2011 L4

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I finally got a glimpse of Comet PANSTARRS from a vantage point 3,000 feet looking down over the Philippine Sea! Cloudy skies frustrated my attempts to capture it since nine months ago. The company of visiting fellow PAS astronomers Richard and Frances Taylor must have brought the luck to see it with my son John Michael and five year old daughter Elisea. PANSTARRS was not discernable to the naked eyes but became an easy target through a pair of 7x50 binoculars about half an hour after the sun set and six days after its closest approach to the sun.



Date Imaged       :

March 16, 2013

Lens       :

Canon 300mm f5.6

Camera       :

D7000

Exposure       :

50x1 second

Mount       :

Tripod

Location       :

By the roadside in Yagyagan