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#1 REC

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 06:47 PM

Just spotted the comet at 6:30 pm here in NC! Probably 5-10* over the horizon and naked eye and pretty bright. Definitely saw the tail with 7x35 binoculars, so yeah not an airplane :jump:

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 06:58 PM

Congrats, REC! Was it due west? Or what best guess on direction would you say? Thanks!
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Posted 06 March 2013 - 07:01 PM

Great job. Can't wait for clear skies.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:26 PM

S&T chart indicates 260 degrees

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:33 PM

Just spotted the comet at 6:30 pm here in NC! Probably 5-10* over the horizon and naked eye and pretty bright. Definitely saw the tail with 7x35 binoculars, so yeah not an airplane :jump:


Do you know when sunset was for your location?

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:40 PM

:waytogo:

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 09:48 PM

That is great! Good job! I cannot wait to see it and show it to my family....

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 09:52 PM

I'm clouded out till Saturday. :(

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 09:57 PM

That's awesome! I have one little patch I can see down to about 5* looking west, gonna try, if the weather would just come off it already, seriously gimme a break!

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 10:27 PM

I have a mountain to the west of me. :(

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 10:28 PM

I know where to go but the inter mountain west. Has a stalling storm til Sunday or Monday. I am envious.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:57 AM

Tony, yes it was at 6:20. There is a little hill in the west so it sank beneath that maybe 5 min. earlier. I spotted it first with the bino's and in about 5-10 min. could see it with my eye clearly. Needed the bino's to make out a vertical line that was the small tail. Supposed to be clear tonight sp will take another look.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 09:08 AM

Clouds are in!

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 09:08 AM

John, yeah pretty much west.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 09:15 AM

Excellent! Thanks for the report!

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 09:24 AM

Congratulations! Hopefully I'll be able to get a peek later today with my binoculars. They say it will clear some today, we'll see :cool:.... Phil

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:07 AM

Do you need flat terrain, or can you see it above distant tree lines.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:25 AM

Flatter the better, but I have distant trees and saw it just a few degrees above them. I think it was only about 5* over the horizon and only for about 10-15 min. before it set.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:39 AM

Living in a valley: great for mitigating high winds, lousy for stuff like this. Not that it matters; we've had one clearish night in the last month.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 09:12 PM

Nice! Tried here in Albuquerque but had some clouds near the horizon and trees in the way... Weekend is supposed to be a mess but next week is looking good with four days sunny in the forecast.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 09:37 PM

I agree, the flatter the better. Too bad you aren't still in Stillwater, as your avatar suggests, now there is an exmaple of a flat western horizon! I was there too, some years ago.
Clear skies and clean glass,
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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:01 PM

Just spotted the comet at 6:30 pm here in NC! Probably 5-10* over the horizon and naked eye and pretty bright. Definitely saw the tail with 7x35 binoculars, so yeah not an airplane :jump:


Nice catch, Bob! I don't have a clear western horizon from my house, but will try to find a place with an obstructed view this weekend. It's been too long since I last saw a good naked-eye comet.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 04:41 AM

I live in S.W.FL and went to the beach to see if I can catch
the comet over the gulf. Braved the low 60 to upper 50* wea-
ther + wind and didn't catch it :(
Will try again. Nice sunset though :)

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 06:56 PM

My son Denali and I brought a couple 8x binos with us to our usual high spot with a good, low western horizon to look for comet PANSTARRS tonight. The sun set at 5:50PM. We were fooled at first by a few different jet trails, but they all became obvious quickly, their lengths changing and moving too quickly.

Then, very low, maybe 3 or 4 degrees above the horizon, at about 6:04PM, 15 degrees south of west, we saw it! Woohoo!

We could not make out any fan shape, but a tail pointing south and slightly upward was obvious. It did not change size or brightness, nor did it move, except with the earth's rotation. We watched for 8 minutes or so, when it set behind a distant, low hill.

Neither of us could see it with naked eye, but we both got back in the car as very happy young men. (Well, he's 12, and I'm only 50.) :smirk:

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 07:03 PM

Good catch, Steve! My son and I just came inside from trying to spy the comet, but didn't have any luck. We're going to have to find an observing spot with a less obstructed horizon if we're going to bag this one. I picked the best spot I could find in our neighborhood, looking out over a pond, but unfortunately there was a crop of trees at the far end of the pond right about where the comet was probably located. Even though we could see down to within 5 degrees of the western horizon in most spots, I'm afraid that that just isn't going to be enough.






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