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Comet C/2011 L4 PANSTARRS on April 20, 2013, 23:00 hours. Zeist, the Netherlands, backyard. This is a highly light polluted area and the moon wasn’t helping either. Celestron NexStar 5SE with light pollution filter, Alt-Az aligned. Found the comet using a precise goto at RA 0h21m47s, DE +58º09’58”. Meade DSI II pro ccd camera. Stack of 45 frames, stacked and processed in Nebulosity and Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Here’s a screenshot of Stellarium, which provided the exact coordinates of the comet for my location. Such a wonderful tool! I’ll describe how to easily find comets in Stellarium some other time.



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  1. […] to use Precise GOTO, which is one of the best features of the NexStar telescope. It helped me find this comet and even the faintest objects. Be sure to check out Precise GOTO, because it’s such an […]

  2. […] Here’s an example photo of comet C/2011 L4 PANSTARRS which I found exactly with the above described procedure. […]

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