Comet C/2011 L4 PanSTARRS

On Saturday night the scattered clouds that have hung around middle California for most of this week finally blew away and allowed a clear view of The Comet. Comet PanSTARRS  (C/2011 L4 for short), was still completely invisible here to the unaided eye — partly due to light pollution, and partly because it really is quite faint. But the camera reveals all and decent pictures were easily made.

Comet PanSTARRS C/2011 L4

8:13 pm (PDT), March 16, 2013 • Nikon D700, 125mm, ISO 800, f/8, 4 sec.

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Comet PanSTARRS C/2011 L4

8:15 pm (PDT), March 16, 2013 • Nikon D700, 240mm, ISO 800, f/8, 8 sec.

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Comet PanSTARRS C/2011 L4

8:33 to 8:37 pm (PDT), March 16, 2013 • Four exposures at roughly 1-minute intervals. Nikon D700, 270mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 15 sec.
I wasn’t planning a multiple image of the comet, but when I saw this series of stackable exposures in Lightroom, I thought it looked interesting.

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Comet PanSTARRS C/2011 L4

Nikon D700, ISO 800, f/8, 4 sec., cropped and enlarged.

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About Tim Messick

Photographer, cartographer, and botanist/naturalist. Home is in Davis, California. Home-away-from-home is the eastern Sierra Nevada. Compiling a flora of the Bodie Hills.
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