Gregg's Astronomy & Astrophotography Page
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Albert L. Ruppel Observatory

Updated:  Sunday, May 25, 2014

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New Images (5/25/2014)

Comet c/2012 K1 PanSTARRs.  Comet c2012 K1 PanStarrs was discovered by the PanSTARRS observatory on the Hawaiin island of Maui on May 17, 2012.  It is currently cruising through the constellation Ursa Major.  It will reach perihelion on August 27, 2014.  The comet should reach its brightest in October, when it's estimated magnitude could reach 6 (visible to the naked eye from a dark location).  In my image (left) the comet is about 8th magnitude as it passes by chi Ursa Major (196 light-years distant) and NGC 3877 (~50 million light-years distant).  For more views see the images from Rolando Ligustri and Damien Peach.  A finder chart is available at Heavens Above.
This image was made on
May 18, 2014, using my ASA 10N astrograph and STL11000M CCD camera.   Final processing  was done in  Photoshop.  Click the thumbnail below for an inverted close up of the comet.




This page illustrates what can be photographed using  amateur telescopes and a CCD camera.  I currently use an SBIG STL11000M camera and have previously used a SBIG and Starlight Xpress cameras, as well as a Cookbook 245 camera that I built myself. Most of the images were actually taken from my backyard near a busy street with several street lights. Not only is the CCD camera a great imaging tool, but it allows "real time" observation of objects not normally visible in areas with moderate-severe light pollution.

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                                    All text and images Gregg L. Ruppel 1998-2014.