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Pan-Starrs, PAN-STARRS, PANSTARRS!
We had thick clouds most of the day. I thought it wouldn’t be possible. Then it cleared up around sunset. I went out. I couldn’t see the comet. The moon was spectacular, but I couldn’t see the comet. I broke down the equipment and looked for the comet on the itty-bitty screen on my D300. I couldn’t see it. “Maybe I struck out tonight,” I thought. One thing I hadn’t tried was a long exposure–beyond 2s.
I went back out and tried a five second exposure–BAM! It was between the moon and the horizon. Now that I had it dialed in, I zoomed in to 105mm, and took some longer exposures.
Only when I get home did I realize that I had indeed captured the comet–in many of the frames.
64 photos shot over 45 minutes.
Here they are: my best of the evening. A 4% crescent Moon and comet PANSTARRS:
Wide–the discovery shot:
The airport is about the only place I can find the horizon in my part of Virginia:
Turning red as it nears the horizon:
One of the better shots:
Another nice shot: