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Summer Comet 13P/Olbers

Summer Comet 13P/Olbers

These days we can enjoy another comet just with a small telescope in our hand. Its name is 13P/Olbers, discovered by famous astronomer Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers (1758-1840) on March 1815. Comet’s orbital period is now around 70 years which makes it visible for most of us only once in our lives. Coincidentally, with another brighter comet of this year–12P/Pons-Brooks, both will appear in our sky again in 2094. If you don’t want to miss it and you are located in the Northern Hemisphere, try your luck upcoming weeks low over north-west horizon under the Ursa Major constellation.

6 July 2024, Spišská Teplica, Slovakia

Yesterday, I was lucky to capture its beautiful tail while the comet was moving over cloudy and hazy Gerlachov Peak, the highest peak of Slovakia located in the High Tatras mountains. Of course, this shot needed precise planning, I calculated it would be possible only from a place nearby Spisska Teplica, located about 14 km far from the 2655m high Slovakian summit. Canon Ra, Tamron 70-200mm@200mm, f2.8, ISO 1600, 37x30s from Vixen Polarie U (tracked on the comet and then on the foreground), used Optolong Clear Sky filter.

Comet Olbers over Gerlachov Peak

Comet Olbers over Gerlachov Peak

30 June 2024, Záhradné, Slovakia

Today, on June 30, 2024, the comet approaches closest to the Sun and tomorrow to Earth. This image shows nice tails of the comet while located very low over horizon. I captured this nice view from a hill above Terňa, Slovakia, which illuminates the bottom foreground. Just on a small hill above the lights, very distant Temple of the Ascension of the Most Holy Theotokos of Hradisko can be visible too. Captured on 29 June 2024, around 22 UT (30 June 2024 around midnight local time); Canon Ra, Tamron 70-200mm (200mm), f2.8, ISO 1600, 43x30s (registered on comet first, separately on the foreground, comet tracked on Vixen Polarie U), Optolong Clear Sky filter.

Comet 13P/Olbers over Terňa, Slovakia

Comet 13P/Olbers over Terňa, Slovakia

Comet 13P/Olbers over Terňa, Slovakia (vertical cut)

Comet 13P/Olbers over Terňa, Slovakia (vertical cut)

Comet 13P/Olbers over Terňa, Slovakia (comet cut)

Comet 13P/Olbers over Terňa, Slovakia (comet cut)

24 June 2024, Záhradné, Slovakia

This image I took from Záhradné, Slovakia, and I made it happen to capture it just over the local rolling landscape illuminated by the rising summer Moon from behind. The distant light in the foreground comes from a small temple of Hradisko village (full name of the temple is the “Temple of the Ascension of the Most Holy Theotokos”). Captured on 24 June 2024, around 22 UT; Canon Ra, Tamron 70-200mm (200mm), f2.8, ISO 1600, 68x20s (registered on comet first, separately on the foreground, comet tracked on Vixen Polarie U).

Summer Comet 13P/Olbers

Summer Comet 13P/Olbers