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Tonight a friend and I went out to try and photograph PanStarrs the Comet that is passing through our hemisphere right now. I couldn’t see it with my naked eyes until the last few minutes I was shooting. Prior to that I was shooting on faith that I had it in my frame. When I thought I had I was so excited, but I really was happy when I got my frames uploaded and saw it.
We have another chance to see it tomorrow night as viewing promises to be good as well.
A little information about PanStarrs-
Discovered in June 2011, comet 2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) bears the name of the telescopic survey that discovered it — the less than mellifluous sounding "Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System" which sits atop the Haleakala volcano in Hawaii.
"Since its discovery a year-and-a-half ago, observing comet PANSTARRS has been the exclusive dominion of comet aficionados in the Southern Hemisphere, but that is about to change. As the comet continues its well-understood and safe passage through the inner-solar system, its celestial splendor will be lost to those in the Southern Hemisphere, but found by those up north." ~ NASA
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Nikon D700| Nikkor 80-200mm @200mm| f4| 4 seconds| ISO 400| Manual Priority| Tripod