LOL, well I caught it! I was expecting a lot more from this effort and actually just stopped laughing my head off. But here's my meager capture from San Clemente Pier (Catalina Island in the background).
It helps to squint really hard. LOL!!!!
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Posted 10 March 2013 - 12:19 AM
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I thought I saw it, but am somewhat less confident now that all the negative reports have come in. It was about where it should have been, a short, very well-defined stub, sort of like I saw McNaught a few years back, but pointing hard to the south, a little before 10 o'clock on a clock face, relative to the horizon. Also, unlike a contrail, it set behind a hill rather than simply dissipating, fading, or blowing toward us with the wind.
Hard for me to judge size or brightness, because I couldn't see it with the naked eye and didn't have time to measure it relative to objects on the horizon. Saw it for only a few moments, within about fifteen minutes of the sun dropping behind the distant hills.
Anyway, I'll be trying again from the same spot tomorrow, so if it's clear, I'll know for sure then.
Posted 10 March 2013 - 01:02 AM
and here is another frame (extreme crop) showing an airplane passing just below.
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Posted 10 March 2013 - 01:36 AM
well, you may be right but i have multiple 20 second exposures where this object appears in the same spot. in fact, the detail shot with the airplane below is a separate shot from the one above.
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Here's my data from Starry Night Pro set for March 9 at my location. Much higher than 3 or 4 degrees here in Southern California.
March 9th, 2013
Sunset: 5:53 PM
Sun at 5:49 PM AZ 265º
PANSTARRS AZ 258º ALT 11º
Comet Set: 6:46 PM AZ 263º
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and Ive never seen a comet without a coma
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Posted 10 March 2013 - 09:51 AM
Its not really supprising that no-one is seeing anything - a case of pulling trigger far too early. E.g. last night Pan-STARRS would have been 1/2 degree above horizon at start of nautical twilight at 40 N
Tonight its 2 degrees at start of NT, day after is 4 degrees at NT, then 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 degrees on 15th March
Certainly not - just everyone looking when its improbable to see.
I recon first observation below 40 N *might* be tonight - low probability. Better chance the day after - otherwise 12/13th will be much easier as very very thin moon is nearby
Posted 10 March 2013 - 10:09 AM
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