Comet PanSTARRS long anti-tail and the galactic clouds near Polaris

The night May 31 / June 1 was the first one after a period of extremely bad weather. The image shows not only the long comet's anti-tail but galactic dust clouds near Polaris as well. These clouds have very low contrast that is why the CLS filter was used in order to minimize the influence of light pollution. The unmodified Canon 5D Mark II with CLS filter has very low red sensitivity. Therefore, it was not possible to obtain acceptable colors and the image is presented as B&W.

Date31. 05. 2013
Time22:30 - 22:42 UT (1. 6. 2013, 00:30 - 00:42 local time)
PlaceBrno - Komín, Czech Republic
ConditionsVery high humidity (after long heavy rain), slight fog
OpticsCanon EF 200mm 1:2.8 L II, Astronomik CLS filter
CameraCanon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure2×30s and 8×70s, ISO 3200
Processingimage processing: Miloslav Druckmüller
Copyright© 2013 Miloslav Druckmüller

Miloslav Druckmüller
Institute of Mathematics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
Page last update: 14.8.2013