My previous attempt to photograph comet Pan-STARRS on March 14th was not very successful. Five days later, on March 19th, I was better prepared. I used a 55-200mm zoom lens, set my camera to ISO 800, and had a better understanding of exposure time. Although it was hard to keep my tripod steady in the very strong and gusty west wind, the sky after sunset was absolutely clear - no clouds and no contrails.
Only three images were worth keeping. All others were either out of focus or ruined by the shaky, wind-buffeted tripod. Here's a wide angle view of the western horizon in twilight. An airplane with blinking lights moved just above the comet during this 3-second exposure.
|55mm lens setting, 3s exposure, f/4 (Click for a larger image.)|
|85mm lens setting, 10s exposure, f/4.8 (Click for a larger image.)|
|130mm lens setting, 10s exposure, f/5 (Click for a larger image.)|