Comet 2011L4 PanSTARRS on Mar 10, 2013

Date & Time: Mar 10 2013, 18:21 JST(+0900)
Composed 3 shots with 1/4 second exposed
Optical: AF zoom-Nikkor ED 80-200mmF2.8 (f=200mm, Aperture: F2.8)
Fixed on tripod
Digital Camera: Nikon D700
Location: Tokai vil., Ibaraki pref.

Camera Settings: Recording Format...14bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(4256 x 2832)
Device Size...FX format (36 x 24mm)
Sensitivity...ISO1600, White Balance...Daylight

I could capture the comet PanSTARRS, passed the perihelion, in lower dusk skies for the first time in 2013 with a brightness of about 1st magnitude. I could not recognize the comet through a binocular due to a haze in lower skies. This image can show you a concentrated light of the coma and an indistinct dust tail stretched to upper left (direction of east). The comet PanSTARRS can be chase in northern hemisphere from now on under fairly good condition.

2011L4 PanSTARRS on Mar 11, 2013

2011L4 PanSTARRS on Aug 19, 2012

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