Comet C/2012 K5 (LINEAR), 2013-01-12.

After months of mild and wet weather the temperature dropped below zero and the skies cleared. Koen and I wanted to check the modifications we made to our equipment so we headed for Public Observatory Bussloo. I made an adapter plate in order for the Vixen Polarie travel mount to be mounted on an AstroTrac wedge. The Manfrotto geared head 410 that I was using before, shows a considerable amount of flexture making precise polar alignment difficult. Bolted 2 pieces of aluminium together and mounted it on the Astrotrac wedge. Less flexture now, but still room for improvement. Comet C/2012 K5 (LINEAR) was shot with a Canon EOS60D, EF 135mm/2L @ 2.8, ISO1250, stack of 6 x 1min. Guided with the Vixen Polarie. Comet C/2012 K5 (LINEAR), 20130112, 2124UT, Canon EOS 60D, EF135 @F2.8, ISO1250, 6x1min. Vixen Polarie travel mount.

M45 was used for the first test sequence. Same equipment as above; stack of 22x1min.