Dual Tailed Comet

Comet C/2014 Q1 (Panstarrs) was just a little higher in the sky tonight but it was still lower and dimmer than Venus and Jupiter – and also still lurking in the difficult Western twilight  sky. A crescent Moon was also in proximity.

All images were taken using my 60D DSLR on a fixed tripod with no tracking.

2015-07-19 Comet C2014 Q1Panstarrs 10x2sec 200mm f2.8 ISO1000
2015-07-19 Comet C2014 Q1Panstarrs 10x2sec 200mm f2.8 ISO1000 (c) R. Powell
2015-07-19 Comet C2014 Q1 Panstarrs 10x2sec 200mm f2.8 ISO1000 Inverted
2015-07-19 Comet C2014 Q1 Panstarrs 10x2sec 200mm f2.8 ISO1000 Inverted (c) R.Powell
2015-07-19 Comet C2014 Q1Panstarrs 9x2sec 200mm f2.8 ISO1600
2015-07-19 Comet C2014 Q1Panstarrs 9x2sec 200mm f2.8 ISO1600 (c) R.Powell
2015-07-19 Comet C2014 Q1 Panstarrs 9x2sec 200mm f2.8 ISO1600 Inverted
2015-07-19 Comet C2014 Q1 Panstarrs 9x2sec 200mm f2.8 ISO1600 Inverted (c) R.Powell
2015-07-19 Comet C2014 Q1 Panstarrs , Jupiter & Venus
2015-07-19 Comet C2014 Q1 Panstarrs (lower left), Jupiter & Venus (c) R.Powell
2015-07-19 Comet C2014 Q1Panstarrs Helicopter Flyby
2015-07-19 Comet C2014 Q1 Panstarrs & Helicopter Flyby (c) R.Powell
2015-07-19 Moon, Venus, Jupiter & Plane Flyby
2015-07-19 Moon, Venus, Regulus, Jupiter & Plane Flyby (Comet behind the clouds!) (c) R.Powell

EDIT: I tried to image the comet again two days later. It had risen into a slightly darker background sky and I used a light pollution filter on my camera this time, to reduce the stray light over the City of Campbelltown. Despite this, the image was lower quality, possibly influenced by the waxing Moon.

I estimate the visible gas tail to be less than half a degree now and the magnitude perhaps around +5. For the record:

2015-07-21 12x2.5sec 200mm f2.8 ISO 1600 DSS PS.jpg
2015-07-21 12×2.5sec 200mm f2.8 ISO 1600 DSS PS.jpg

All images © R.Powell


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