I caught Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) on the night of July 3rd during an EAA session in my light-polluted backyard.
At the time, the comet was being reported as magnitude 13. In this image, however, it appears much dimmer than some magnitude 13 stars that are in the field of view. I suspect this may be caused by the UV/IR cut filter I had rigged in the camera for a Jupiter imaging session a few hours later (I use my ZWOASI224MC primarily for planetary imaging).
C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) won’t reach perihelion until December 2022 so it will be around for a while. It’s projected to brighten significantly as it moves closer to the Sun.
It might be an interesting target for anyone interested in including solar system objects in their EAA observations.
July 4,2021 03:50:15 UT
Celestron C8 (203mm F10) at F4.8 (stacked Celestron 0.63 and Meade 0.33 focal reducers).
3 @ 31.5 sec
Image resized, compressed, labeled.
Click here for an animated view (cropped, resized, background levels adjusted slightly). The animation covers a 33 minute period.