So May 10, 2013, I decided to go on a good observing place, far from all light-pollution, and, this is not so common, a good access to the North horizon.
It was a nice evening with some very amateur astronomers of the Altair83 club of Flassans-sur-Issole.
Antoine, a friend of mine, offers me a full night to observe via it's brand new 12” Dobson F/D 5, with a high quality mirror,…
I spend 2 hours to draw what I saw, allowing my very light pencil travelling on a fine grain paper. It's pretty difficult to be precise about these cometary dusts clouds, but my two sketches are very similar and the image I did, was confirmed in comparison to some pictures taken by photo-amateurs. Trust me, I checked this afterwards and don’t change anything on my sketch. PanStarrs is **** beautiful in a dark sky; the complex tail is artistic and easily visible with the 26mm SWA eyepiece. But more than my eye, I think it's the quality of the mirror that must be put forward here.
That was the first light story of this Dobson with a lovely comet shine.