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18 March 2013

Daniel López, Astrophotographer extraordinaire. In search of Comet Pan-Starrs


Alfred Rosenberg, Daniel López, David and Stefan Lamoureux
@ Teide Observatory chasing Comet Pan-Starrs.
Credit: Daniel López IAC
(Click on picture to enlarge)

Follow our Astronomy Club Toutatis through our visit to the Canarian astronomy in Tenerife, Canary Islands.

As I visited the Teide Observatory with Dr. Alfred Rosenberg González we met with Astrophotographer extraordinaire Daniel López. I had seen his work on the Internet and somewhat visited his website, but as I met with him, he struck me to be a down to Earth guy with modest ways of photographing. One thing was for sure, he knew exactly where to go to catch the elusive Comet Pan-Starrs (C/2011 L4) and get at the same time a great shot of the Teide Observatory, Mount Teide and the island of La Palma. El cielo de Canarias.com is an impressive website with all of Daniel's work in it.

His work has been all over the place and in all sort of astronomy magazines and astronomy papers. He works now full time as a photographer, but he is an engineer by trade. He work closely with the Institute of Astrophysics of Canary Islands to provide them with pictures of the night sky and/or Astro-photos related to the Canary Islands. Please have a look at his website. And yes we finally catch the Comet Pan-Starrs and it was barely a naked eye object. See picture above and click on it to enlarge.

Comet Pan-Starrs in the Sunset sky over the Teide, Tenerife.
Credit: S. Lamoureux/ KTY Toutatis
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READ NEXT POST HERE on our trip through Canarian Astronomy on the island of Tenerife, Canary Islands. 

Have a look at this awesome Timelapse of the Comet Pan-Starrs made by Daniel López with in foreground the incredible Teide Observatory, Mount Teide and the island of La Palma.

Please visit Daniel López website El cielo de Canarias.com HERE

WIKI: Comet Pan-Starrs (C/2011 L4)