I like to look for bright comets with my DSLR mounted on a tripod. It’s a simple approach and it’s surprisingly easy.
Comet C/2014 Q1 (Panstarrs) is currently setting low in our Western sky during twilight – but it is rising higher each night. Finding it tonight was surprisingly easy (estimated magnitude approx +4 to +5), even with the bright sky but despite my modest attempt using only an f/1.4, 50mm lens, I was astonished to find that this object has two tails! *
* I wondered if the second tail at the 3 o’clock position was a figment of my imagination, so I searched for verification. I found out to my utter amazement that Kevin Parker from Queensland had published this fabulous image – it has multiple tails!
I will be trying again over the next few days with higher power lenses and through my telescope when the object rises above the twilight zone.
Comet C/2014 Q1 (Panstarrs) was 1.185 AU from Earth.
All images © R.Powell