Morning Comet – Pan-STARRS on April 12, 2013

Comet Panstarrs, Apr 12, 2013. 20×15 sec @ ISO 1600, 200mm, F/2.8
Comet Panstarrs, Apr 12, 2013. 20×15 sec @ ISO 1600, 8×15 @ ISO 3200, 200mm, F/2.8

I woke up at 3:45 AM to go out and image Comet Panstarrs on Friday, April 12, 2013.  I should have got up at 3:00 AM instead.  I didn’t think I would have problems in the field and I cut it way too close to the start of twilight.

What held me up is my mount wasn’t tracking at all at first and I had to haggle with it quite a bit before I could shoot some images.   By that time, it was already 5:30 AM and the start of astronomical twilight was upon me.   Not quite sure what went wrong.

I shot this with my Canon 200mm telephoto at F/2.8.    Its only about 7 minutes worth of integration.  I was hoping for 3 times that amount.  Oh, well…

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