Comet C/2013 X1 (Panstarrs)

C/2013 X1 passed Earth at abour 0.6AU distance this month and was reportedly brighter than mag. 7.0, so I decided to find it with my camera on tripod, using a modest 50mm lens in suburban sky. It is the tiny blue object in the centre.

The above image is cropped from the original 40° x 27° FOV down to roughly 8° x 8°.

EDIT 1:  29th June 2016:

I located this comet again last night, this time with a 200mm lens on the camera and no tracking. There seemed to be less colour in the comet and whilst the sky was clear, the seeing was not as good. The comet is clearer though:

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2016-06-28 Comet C/2013 X1 Panstarrs 10×2.5s 200mm f/2.8 ISO6400

The above image was also cropped – but less dramatically this time – from the original 10° x 7° FOV down to roughly 6° x 6°.

EDIT 2: 5th July:

A few nights ago I tried with my Meade LX-90 telescope, using a 0.62 reducer. I would not say I am completely satisfied with the results under suburban skies but they were the best I could do using short exposures with my Alt-Az setup:

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2016-06-29 Comet C/2013 X1 Panstarrs 3x30s 2000mm f/10 0.62 ISO4000
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2016-06-29 Comet C2013 X1 Panstarrs 10x30s 2000mm f/10 0.62 ISO4000

All images © R.Powell


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