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Pan-Starrs comet from San Diego, ca

 
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Mar 13, 2013 01:13 |  #1

got to the top of a local mountain (Mt Helix) just at sunset. Set up and couldn't see anything. Another person with binoculars found it first. Once he showed me; I could barely see it through my 100-400. I focused using liveview on my 1Dmk iv.

Here are 2 samples. 1 zoomed in, and one wide angle. The planes were in all my shots!!

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Mar 13, 2013 05:01 |  #2

Nice capture.
You got the early moon, comet, and plane in same frame, a trifecta!

Showing it next to the moon puts it size in the sky into perspective.

So, not really visible to naked eye w/o aid?


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Mar 13, 2013 08:20 |  #3

Thank you Mike. at 400 mm... I could BARELY see it.
(I have great night vision.. which my wife is frustrated by)
With naked eyes; in my peripheral vision I could pick it up but looking directly at it I could only see a flicker of light. that's all.
If I didn't know where to look... I never would have found it without the aid of the first pictures I took and zooming in....


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Mar 13, 2013 09:04 |  #4

Wow. I really like the second one. The city lights make a great foreground.


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Mar 13, 2013 09:18 |  #5

Farther to the left is downtown San Diego.. It's hidden in the fog. THAT would have been an awesome foreground, but I'd almost need to be in Mexico to get Downtown in the foreground, + moon + comet :|


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Mar 13, 2013 16:31 |  #6

Haha, awesome pics, the second one conjured up quotes from some of my favourite movies.

Its bird, its a plane ... it's superman!
And that is no moon, that is a space station.

Haha, thanks for sharing!!


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Mar 13, 2013 16:34 |  #7

These pictures have much more significance to them than my ISS "streak" pictures :) At least you can TELL this is a comet. The ISS flying so fast and totally silent IS something that's cool to see/experience.... But I like these better.

I wish I had my current camera/lenses now for hale/bopp in 1997!


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Mar 13, 2013 16:37 |  #8

Tdragone wrote in post #15711698 (external link)
I wish I had my current camera/lenses now for hale/bopp in 1997!

Save them for Comet ISON, which promises to be better than Hale-Bopp late this year.


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Mar 13, 2013 17:51 |  #9

2nd shot is really cool even w/o the comet. Nice shooting.


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