This is comet C/2011 L4 PANSTARRS. It was a pretty nice naked eye comet in March 2013, but I was not lucky with the weather back then. I only managed to shoot it in May 2013, when it developed a very interesting fan-shaped tail. The bright star in the image is Gamma Cephei, aka Errai. Due to the precession of the equinoxes, Gamma Cephei will be our next bright northern pole star, in a couple thousand years. As you can see in the image there’s quite some dust in the area. Take a look at the second image (use the arrows under the photo) to identify some other objects in the image. We have one small galaxy, called IC 1502, pretty close to the comet, while the dark nebula TGU H772 P1 is further to the right.


Date and place: May 12 2013; Plaiul Lisei, Romania
Camera: Canon EOS 60Da
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L at 200mm
Exposure: 33 x 90s
Aperture: 3.2
ISO: 3200
Tracker: Fornax Mounts Fornax 10