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Comet Panstarrs

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Steve Machol, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. Steve Machol

    Steve Machol Active Member

    I thought I'd share a couple of pictures I took of the Comet Panstarrs last week. Let me know what you think.
    Crescent Moon and Comet Panstarss over Sedona.jpg
    Comet Panstarrs and Crescent Moon.jpg
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  2. Neal

    Neal Well-Known Member

    The 2nd one is gorgeous. First one looks a little blurred near the moon and stars (Not sure if it's supposed to look like that).
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  3. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    **sigh** By the time I remembered to grab the camera and head out of the city to get some shots, it was too late.

    Great photos, Steve. (You lucky bastage you!)
  4. Bob

    Bob Well-Known Member

    Love the second one! How long of an exposure is the first one? Looks like it was starting to "star trail" a bit. Nice Photos tho!
  5. Steve Machol

    Steve Machol Active Member


    As for the first shot, that is normal when using a telephoto and multi-second exposure. Believe it or not, the Earth moves enough in 10-15 seconds to cause star trails in photos.
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  6. Steve Machol

    Steve Machol Active Member

    15 seconds at f/11 and ISO 400.

    Here's a similar shot with 8 seconds and f/13. Less of a star trail in this one.

    Crescent Moon and Comet Panstarrs over Sedona 2.jpg
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  7. Steve Machol

    Steve Machol Active Member

    Here's a wide angle shot of the Crescent Moon over Sedona. The Comet had already set by then.

    Crescent Moon over Sedona (sm).jpg
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  8. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    These are awesome photographs, Steve.
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  9. Ingenious

    Ingenious Well-Known Member

    Nicely done Steve, especially the second one in the OP.

    I did look for this here in the UK with a view to taking some photos, I saw the beautiful new moon with earthshine, but could not locate the comet due to some cloud :(
  10. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    Great photos Steve!
  11. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    Amazing shots Steve. You don't happen to have more photos of the comet? But those really look great. (y)
  12. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    God another thread that I think I'm gonna see boobs, and no... This is not "Comet Pornstars" it seems. Stupid.

    Some pretty bad ass pictures regardless though.
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  13. MrC

    MrC Active Member

    I love the second Steve Machol Pornography.
  14. ManagerJosh

    ManagerJosh Well-Known Member

    These are amazing Steve!
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  15. Steve Machol

    Steve Machol Active Member

    Here's another one - 8 seconds at f/16 and ISO 400.

    Crescent Moon over Sedona 3 (sm).jpg
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  16. SilverCircle

    SilverCircle Well-Known Member

    Very cool pictures.

    I'd planned to watch this one a bit more closely, but so far almost no luck with the weather over here + I live near a major city, so there is some significant light pollution, making it difficult to observe near-horizon objects.

    Maybe more luck later this with this one.
  17. Steve Machol

    Steve Machol Active Member

    Even though I got those shots, I couldn't see the comet with my naked eye. My wife could, but I needed the binoculars to see it.

    Comet ISON is going to be much brighter and higher up in the sky. I'm really looking forward to that one.
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  18. Pope Viper

    Pope Viper Well-Known Member

    VERY cool, Steve. What kind of gear did you use to take it?

    Thanks for sharing.
  19. Steve Machol

    Steve Machol Active Member


    I used the new Nikon D600 my wife gave me for Christmas. For the wide angle shots, I used a Tokina 17-35mm lens, and for the telephoto ones I used a Nikon 70-300mm.
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  20. iTuN3r

    iTuN3r Well-Known Member

    Those are pretty awesome snaps :) Saw your Photography link on signature some great snaps you got there . I am still on my basic level trying to learn some photography .

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