Comet C/2016 R2 (PanSTARRS)

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Comet C/2016 R2 (PanSTARRS)

Post by rwilkinson » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:52 am

I managed to detect this 11th magnitude comet last week from a dark site in the Wye Valley - but using only a 135mm telephoto lens on the front of my Atik 16IC one-shot colour camera, on a tracking alt-az mount:
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My image from the Wye Valley on 24-Nov. 45x 45-sec using 16IC with Pentax 135mm lens at f/4.
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Then last night I had my "proper" comet-imaging system set up for C/2017 O1, and after I'd done that (and re-set my polar alignment) I had a go at this comet from home. With the bright moonlight I was expecting it to be a struggle, but in fact it showed up on my first 90-sec image. This is what I ended up with after re-alignment and stacking:
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The comet from Bolton on 29-Nov. 32x 90-sec using MX716 on C8 at f/3.3
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Re: Comet C/2016 R2 (PanSTARRS)

Post by rwilkinson » Tue Dec 26, 2017 9:15 am

This comet is now heading into Taurus, and will pass by The Hyades cluster in the first week in January.
I got another picture of it last night from Tenerife:
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Comet 2016 R2 on 25-Dec. 2x 150-sec from C14 at f/10
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Re: Comet C/2016 R2 (PanSTARRS)

Post by rwilkinson » Thu Dec 28, 2017 11:07 am

I took advantage of the clear sky last night to get an image of the comet from my back garden.
It's quite near to Aldebaran at the moment.
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The comet from Bolton on 27-Dec. 63x 90-sec with MX716 on C8 at f/3.3
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