Comet PanSTARRS with Canon 60Da

Here are two urban views of comet PanSTARRS. The first is a wide field shot while the second is a telescopic image.

 

Object Comet PanSTARRS
Exposure

1/2 second

ISO 800
Camera Canon 60Da DSLR
Optics Sigma 18-125 mm lens at f/5.6
Location

Bedford, Nova Scotia

Processing

Initial stretching and all other precessing except final binning in Paint Shop Pro. Masked contrast layers used to greatly stretch the comet relative to the sky. High pass filtered with soft light combine and  masked noise reduction used to smooth the sky. Saturation boosted with a mask to limit the effect to the red portion of the sky. Finally image binned and cropped then saved as a JPEG in Images Plus.

 

Object Comet PanSTARRS taken through thin cloud two nights after the above image
Exposure

64 seconds (64 *1 second subs)

ISO 1600
Camera Canon 60Da DSLR
Optics SkyWatcher f/5 8 inch Newtonian with a Paracorr for a total focal length of 1150 mm at f/5.75
Location

Bedford, Nova Scotia

Processing

Initial ArcSin stretch done in Images Plus. Masked high pass filtered with soft light combine and  masked noise reduction  used to smooth the sky. Colour balanced. Finally image binned and cropped then saved as a JPEG in Images Plus.