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Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS)

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#401 Mike Lynch

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 12:19 PM

Great photos! Kudos to all who caught last night's Comet and Crescent show!

Just outside Frankfort, Ky., where it cleared unexpectedly, I managed to find Pan-STARRS with my 15x70 binoculars and get a few shots. No way could I see the comet without optical aid...and though the sky was "clear," it wasn't AS clear as many of you had. But I was happy to get this image!

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 12:37 PM

Very nice shot Mike! So many great efforts everybody!


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Posted 13 March 2013 - 12:46 PM

Great images everybody. Having digital camera so available really allows lots of great shots.

Here is my image from last night. I am 100 miles east of Phoenix, having clear skies and enjoying some deep sky observing. So, the comet allows me to do something while waiting for it to get dark.

Clear skies to us all;
Steve Coe

Info: Canon Xt camera, 1 second exposure, 200mm lens f/4

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 12:51 PM

I have Luna in sight now, but a wall of clouds is making the search rather challenging...

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 01:29 PM

I have a close-up of the comet from the moon encounter night:

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WOW! Mike Awesome close-up! We saw Panstarrs for the first time yesterday (March 12th - with the smallest cresent moon I'd seen). It was only visible with Binos (9x63 Orion Mini-Giants) from our location - Houston TX 3rd level of a parking garage where a group of like-minded Amateur Astronomers showed up for the event. The tail was a distinctly fading cone that was brighter on the north (right) side of the V...really enjoying everyone's pictures!

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 02:50 PM

Here is a rare combination I caught.

I wish I had a zoom lens! :-( Had to go for long exposure (15 sec) but the timing was fun!

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 04:26 PM

Grr...clouds are rolling in here in NJ...

I'm starting to think the closest I am going to get to seeing this comet is these photos, so thank you all for posting them...

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 04:43 PM

Here is a quick view of what we saw in Sedona Arizona. Shot with a Nikon D3X and 300mm f4
ISO 800 1.3 sec @ f4
We are at 34 degrees, barely naked eye visable


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#409 Edward E

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 04:56 PM

Oooo, pretty! :ooo:

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 04:58 PM

Succes from the UK. I've run three 100 mile round trips (10th, 12th, and tonight 13th) driving to the hills on the westen side of Yorkshire - high enough to see bits of the Irish Sea.

This is my report to my astro club

"Third trip to Ingleton tonight - forecast was for clearing skies around sunset. Did just that - watched the clouds evaporate away over 40 minutes to clear skies in all but the vital horizon where a huge cloud remained dumping rain/snow over Barrow-in-Furness. However even that faded away eventaually.

I was joined by the same folks as last night + one new guy. I had spotted the moon 20 mins before sunset and tracked that in bins hoping to use it as a way marker. The sky slowly got darker - still no comet. Shot a few hopefuls with the camera on the AstroTrac in the region of sky I hoped the comet was. So did the guy next to me.

Eventally 40 minutes after sunset my next door neigbour was scanning his hopefuls when he found it. Everyone rushed over to sight up his lens and pick out cloud remnants to use as stepping stones. Comet had bright pseudo nucleus and coma and faint slightly curving dust tail. We followed it (in binns) for another 30 minutes watching it slowly fade through orange until extinguished by extinction about 1 dgree above the Irish Sea.

Woooo hoooo - success

Back to Leeds in 1 hour 1 minute - clear roads all the way. Milage clocked for one very difficult comet - ~300! urgh"

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 05:53 PM

That's brilliant, Tonk! Glad to hear the weather gods cooperated to reward the time and effort invested in making the observation.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 05:55 PM

Lovely shot! - Bill in Flag

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 05:58 PM

Nice capture! Thanks for sharing. - Bill in Flag

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 06:00 PM

Lots of nice pictures.

Failed last night because of low clouds on the western horizon. I'm going to try again tonight. Good luck to all comet hunters. :p

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 06:23 PM


It was snowing here at 5:40, as I walked home from Edgware Road tube station. But there was a glimmer of hope in the west, with some clear sky around the setting sun.

Lots of us saw it this evening (I was the first to "discover" it :) ) between 6:45 and 7:10, from Regent's Park in central London. 50 or so people had gathered, despite the bleak weather and everpresent urban glow, with the Baker St Irregular Astronomers, to valiantly try to catch a glimpse.

Through the gaps in the clouds and the low altitude murk, there it was, gliding along with a glorious orange glow, and tail fanning out. A fine sight through the Docter Aspectem 40x80 EDs.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 06:30 PM

Here's a prelim shot/montage from tonight in bright twilight from my yard obsy via M12 stopped from f/3.6 to f/11 @ ~1/500s with SX Lodestar-C - had to find/use Jupiter, Moon as goto 'stepping stones' to the comet :grin:

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 07:05 PM

Any ISS experts out there? I was shooting C2011 L4 and got this object in 6 frames moving at a good clip. It had no contrail and a distinct two part shape. After inspection I was hoping it was the ISS passing by Arizona skies!

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 08:03 PM

Well the sky was clear tonight here in Michigan and I got to see the comet. I also got to share it with my 7 and 6 year old kids. They really liked seeing it.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 08:04 PM

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#420 Special Ed

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 08:11 PM

Mike, Steve, Maurice, and especially geoshare, Nice pics--thanks!

Tony--great story--looking forward to the pictures.

johndgaul-also a great story and some impressive outreach.

Here is a picture of PanSTARRS and Luna over the Blue Ridge Mountains on March 12th at ~7:55 PM EDT from Charlottesville, VA, made by J Perez, one of our astronomy group and posted with his kind permission. He used a Canon EOS camera. I think it's very nice.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 08:17 PM

Here in St. Louis (38 degrees N), we finally have clear skies. The comet was at 5 o'clock from moon to horizon. As time went on, it definitely became more visible with the best being nearly at the horizon.

Here are my times:

Local Sunset: 7:07
Found In 10x30 Canon IS binoculars: 7:35
Naked Eye with averted vision: 7:51
Naked Eye without averted vision: 7:55

Hope this helps others farther west tonight still...

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 08:20 PM

I just drove a few blocks away for some good western skies. For me it was visible with 15X70's from about 7:45 on and naked eye almost that early. I found it directly under the new moon and about one-fifth the way up from the horizon. GeneD

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 08:40 PM

Wow, a lot of movement since last night.

Comet now directly below the moon. Moved about 3 deg. to the north since last night.

Took me a while to spot it tonight, but lucky to have another clear night.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 09:35 PM

So it wound up clearing up and while I didn't see the comet with my own eyes, my camera picked it up! And after some Photoshop enhancement...here it is:

03/13/13 7:46
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I wasn't quite sure where I needed to look. I knew from some charts it was between the moon and the horizon and a little to the right. If it is clear tomorrow I will bring out the telescope to see it closer!

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 09:42 PM

Finally hauled my 8" Dob out to the local park and had a look. Looked impressive through the scope at 48x. There were quite a few other people set up with cameras and binoculars. Some of them were expecting to be able to see it naked eye based on news reports, but at least they were able to see it through the 'scope. I never did see it with the naked eye. It was fairly hazy tonight, however.

Attached picture - 3/13 8:22pm, Canon Rebel T3i at 250mm, ISO 1600, f/16, 4 seconds, resized.

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