2016-04-06, comet 252P/LINEAR.

I decided to bring a tripod and a Vixen Polaris travel mount on a 1 week trip to the south of Portugal (São Brás de Alportel, 37°9’8.8″N, 7°56’27.4″W, alt=236m). Managed to observe comet 252P/LINEAR on a number of occasions. Below image was from the first night, april 6th, when the comet was near the globular cluster M14. On the night of april 7th, the comet was visible to the naked eye. I estimated it’s brightness at +5.7 using 8.5×42 binoculars, with a coma diameter of 45′ and DC=3.

Comet 252P, 20160406, 0241UT, Canon EOS 60D, EF 135mm/2L at F2.5, ISO1600, 14x29s, Vixen Polari.

Comet 252P, 20160406, 0241UT, Canon EOS 60D, EF 135mm/2L at F2.5, ISO1600, 14x29s.