Messier 31 and Comet PANSTARRS, April 2, 2013

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My (admittedly not very good) photo of Comet PANSTARRS as it moved near Messier 31 on April 2, 2013.  This was taken with a 200mm lens at f3.5, approximately 1 second shot using a Canon EOS Rebel T3i.  Given that I  am south of Chicago, and many of the southwestern suburbs were tossing light pollution into the sky near where the comet was, this is about the best shot I could muster.  It has faded significantly from a couple of weeks ago too, so it's much fainter and not as easy to photograph.  

The comet is in the lower left of the frame, and M31's core is in the upper right.  This was, sadly, the best of many shots I took.  Ah well - I have a ways to go before I'll be any good at astrophotography, but that's okay.  

Messier 31 and Comet PANSTARRS, April 2, 2013

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