Contains: Comet, IC 353, Merope nebula, NGC 1435, Maia nebula, NGC 1432, The star 32Tau, The star 18Tau, The star 36Tau, The star Celaeno (16Tau), The star Pleione (28Tau), The star Taygeta (19Tau), The star Merope (23Tau), The star Electra (17Tau), The star Atlas (27Tau), The star ηTau
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Comet C/2016 R2 PANSTARRS next to Pleiades

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens: FSQ-106ED

Imaging camera: STL-11000M

Resolution: 1800x986

Dates: Feb. 4, 2018

Frames: 12x240"

Integration: 0.8 hours

Avg. Moon age: 19.07 days

Avg. Moon phase: 80.43% job: 1924605

RA center: 58.242 degrees

DEC center: 24.020 degrees

Pixel scale: 13.811 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 0.116 degrees

Field radius: 3.937 degrees

Locations: Mayhill - New Mexico (USA), Mayhill, New Mexico, United States


Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) photographed on February 4th 2018 during its conjunction with the Pleiades open star cluster (Messier 45). The comet deploys a long blue tail inside our Solar System composed by carbon monoxide ionized because solar wind, whereas that blue nebulosity around star cluster are clouds of interstellar dust (visible for whole image) enlightened by brightest stars. The image is a mosaic composed by three tiles filling a field of 7 x 2 degrees.

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José J. Chambó

Sky plot

Sky plot


Comet C/2016 R2 PANSTARRS next to Pleiades, 


        José J. Chambó