Record making comet P2016 BA14 Panstarrs: new images with tail – (26 Mar. 2016)

Comet P2016 BA14 Panstarrs with a nice tail - 26 Mar. 2016

Comet P2016 BA14 Panstarrs with a nice tail – 26 Mar. 2016

While comet P/2016 BA14 Panstarrs continues to increase its distance from the Earth, the observing conditions improved, as the Full Moon – a serious interfering factor at the flyby time – moved away, offering a darker sky.

The image above is the average of 23, 120-seconds unfiltered exposure, remotely collected with the  PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project. The telescope tracked the apparent motion of the object during the exposures. The comet is  showing a nice tail. At the end of the imaging time, a bright Moon rose, while the target was at 44 deg above the horizon.

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