Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) near NGC 3067


12" ASA - LRGB

Combined L stacked on comet

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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 June 22 nd 2014 when the comet was near the tiny spiral galaxy NGC 3067 (in upper right corner). 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 09:59:29 (h:m:s)
Center of field DE +32:44:45 (deg:m:s)
Size 71.9 x 51.3 (arcmin)
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: 22. 06. 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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