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#1 chrisrnuttall

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 01:41 PM

Hello all

I have tried to observe Comet Panstarrs every evening since the 10th, but have only succeeded once due to cloud.

Here is a sketch and a couple of photos from Wednesday evening.
The comet was easy to find in my 70mm binoculars but impossible with the naked eye - my skies are never all that transparent, I think due to only being 8mtrs above sea level in an area which should be marshy if it weren't for the activities of farmers draining it.
Anyway, the 'nucleus' was bright and compact with a fuzzy coma three times its diameter, and a fairly long and fat, but faint, tail with a slightly brighter central stripe.

The photos were taken with my lumix DMC FZ150, 5 secs, f/5.6, iso 100. The full zoom one has been enhanced in GIMP.

Cloudy again tonight!

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 01:42 PM

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#3 chrisrnuttall

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 01:43 PM

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#4 PeterDob

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 01:44 PM

Superb, Chris! Both the drawing and the picture are absolutely beautiful and are very much like my observation yesterday. Congratulations!

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 02:52 PM

Indeed Chris, this is a superb sketch and a nice set of photos.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 07:52 PM

Chris,

Excellent sketch and fine photos of our western sky visitor.
Thanks for posting.

Frank :)

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 08:08 PM

Beautiful detail in your sketch, Chris! Delicate pencil work, my friend.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 11:29 PM

Lovely Chris, nice sketch and happy to know that you were able to observe near this nice city of York.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 01:21 PM

Nice sketch!

tail with a slightly brighter central stripe

Interesting, most observers see a brighter right side of the tail.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:15 PM

yeah, I realise that, it was all very tenuous against the brightly lit and slightly murky horizon, so I suppose I may have got it wrong, I hadn't seen many other decent sketches or photos before Wednesday afternoon and it's what it looked like to me at the time.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 06:42 PM

Love the sketch!Really good detail in the tail...

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 01:00 PM

Chris,

Nice sketch & Photos of Comet PanSTARRS :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

Tom






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