Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) at NGC 3726


12" ASA - LRGB

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© Velimir Popov & Emil Ivanov 2013
C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) was discovered as magnitude 19.7 object at distance of 8.7 AU from the Sun on 19 May 2012 using the Pan-STARRS telescope located near the summit of Haleakalā, on the island of Maui in Hawaii. By late April 2014 it brightened to roughly apparent magnitude ~8.8 making it a small telescope/binoculars target for experienced observers. This image shows the comet on the night of May 21st 2014 when the comet was near the spiral galaxy NGC 3726. It is a composite of 5 RGB sets of 2 min. exposition each. Seven combined 5 min. L frames with a tracking on the comet were added in order to increase the signal in the comet's tail.

Image details:


Center of field RA 11:31:10 (h:m:s)
Center of field DE +46:37:36 (deg:m:s)
Size 1.16 x 1.68 (deg)
Pixel scale: 1.8 (arcsec/pixel)
Orientation: Up is 3.9 degrees E of N
Charts and image details obtained from
Optic(s): ASA 12" Astrograph @ f/3.6 (Newton)
Mount: ASA DDM85 Standard
Camera: SBIG STL 11000 M
Filters: Luminance, Red, Green, Blue, Astronomik filters
Dates/Times: 21. 05. 2014
Location: IRIDA Observatory, BG, longitude: E 24 44' 18", latitude: N 41 41' 42"
Exp. Details: L:7x5 min; R:5x2 min, G:5x2 min, B:5x2 min Bin 2, Total Exposure Time - 65 min
More details: Dark and flat frames reduction
Processing: PixInsight / PS
Copyright: Velimir Popov and Emil Ivanov 2013. All Rights Reserved
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