Comets Lemmon and PanSTARRS

February 16th, 2013

New Moon, clear summer skies and two beautiful yet different comets seemed like a perfect reason to go out and try something new – a time lapse though a telephoto lens on a special tracking mount to keep the stars steady in the frame. The two comets in the video below are C/2012 F6 (Lemmon) and C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS).

The video shows about 5 hours of comet Lemmon and an hour of comet PanSTARRS before the astronomical twilight. Hopefully comet PanSTARRS brightens up and puts on a great show before it moves to the Northern Hemisphere skies.

These comets are wonderful in a pair of binoculars and if you can go out and have a look. Here is how to find comet Lemmon and PanSTARRS

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