Meade LS8 ACF Meade 2" Diagonal Apetura 10" Tweakers Package Meade ETX-125, ETX-90 for Solar Celestron 80mm APO PST Meade SWA - 34mm,28mm,24mm,20mm Brandon 32mm, 16mm Vernonscope 40mm Erfle 2" ES 14mm,11mm,6.7mm 8.8 Nagler 13mm T6, Pan 19mm Meade 12.4 Pl,9.7mm, 15mm SP Meade 2x Shorty Barlow Powermate 2.5x WO Bino Viewer, 20mm 66* pair Denkmier 2 Super System Meade Nebula Filters Meade 9x60 Bino Vivitar S1 8x42 Bino Canon T2i, 18-55mm, 50mm 1.8, 55-250mm
binoculars 21-150mm scopes 90-368mm AL MasterObserverC #24
Quote: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
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
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Darren in Bakersfield
1987 Meade LX3 2120 10" SCT on hypertuned EQ6 Pro Baader Self-Mod Canon XS_CLS Clip Filter DSI color_Orion ST80 Coulter 10" Compact Odessey Dob http://www.astrobin.com/users/shawnhar
My gear: --Celestron 8EdgeHD & 11EdgeHD | 80mm F/6 Triplet | Modified Canon T1i | QSI683WSG-8 | Celestron AVX mount | iOptron CEM60 mount | iOptron ZEQ25 mount --- My skies:
14" Strut; 10"XT; 102ES; 22 in Process; 3.5,5,7,10,14,20mm Pentax XW; 17.3 & 12mm Delos; 27mm Panoptic; 20&24mm ES 68; 24mm ES 82; 30mm ES 82; 6&10mm BCO;
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars.
10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser); President, Eypieces Anonymous, Denver Chapter (Hello, I'm an eyepiece junky, what's your excuse?)
DAS Dark Site
Webster/Zambuto 14.5" f/4.3 truss dob
Tele Vue-102, Gibralter mount
Tele Vue-76, Tele Pod mount
Canon 10x30 & 15x50 IS binocs
CPC 9.25Magnificent 50MM SSAGCelestron SkyMaster 15X70
Gary Honis Modded Canon 1100D (T3)Nikon D800
Scott my scopes: a few refractors (50-102mm), 2 Newts (4.5-12"), and an 8" SCT
Nikon Action 8x40 binos C4-R, mountless 114NT Everglades Astronomical Society "When the Moon is a couterfiet, better find the one that fits, better find the one that lights the way for you." ISTAR Scope Club
Tele Vue Pronto, Teeter STS27 w/10" Royce conical mirror. EPs: Pentax, Russell Optics, WO, TV
ATM project around a Coulter 17.5" mirror COMPLETE with Intelliscope C.O.L Apogee 6" F8 refractor, CG-5 mount, Coronado P.S.T Criterion 4" F12 Dynascope
Quote: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.)
Quote:Steve, it would be interesting to hear if you can repeat your sighting again Saturday evening. The fact that you and your son could definitely make out the "comet" complete with tail, even if only with binoculars, less than 15 minutes after sunset would necessitate a much higher level of brightness than has been reported by Southern Hemisphere observers even just yesterday. The lack of sightings by observers in the southern states, from which the comet should be more easily spotted if bright, is likewise troubling. Please do give it another shot and report back.
Quote:Steve, let me offer my reasons for having some doubt concerning your sighting.
An object situated at only 15 degrees elongation from the Sun and 9 degrees to the south of it in declination, spotted less than 15 minutes after sunset, would have to be very bright. In fact, probably of somewhat negative magnitude.
If indeed the comet was visible to you in binoculars you should have also easily picked up Mars, at magnitude +1.2 , just 8-9 degrees north of the comet and at the very same elevation above the horizon. There is no mention of spotting it.
Observations by an experienced South Hemisphere comet observer (Chris Wyatt, NSW, Australia) just 12 hours before your reported sighting indicated a magnitude of +1.6 and the comet was much better placed for him to see.
I belong to an international mail list dedicated to comet observing that includes most of the best comet observers on the planet and so far none north of +25* latitude have been able to detect the comet visually in the past few days.
Now I very much hope that you did see PanSTARRS, but I have to hold off my acceptance of that fact until there is a similar observeration made from a similar northern latitude.
Z8 114 Zhumell reflector Zhumell eyepiece kit AstroMaster90 Nikon Action 10X50 binoculars
Quote:Part of a post appearing in the Southern Stars Yahoo Group I think sheds light on the visibility question:
"We found it! Barely. We're in West Texas, latitude 30 degress. We first found Mars, then went to comet about 7:18pm tonight (Friday Mar 8). Could just barely see it in the 11" Celestron. Saw a definite extended nucleus. Brighter than Mars so it must be at least mag +1.2, probably higher. Couldn't see any coma. At best we thought (imagined?) a bit of elongation but nothing obvious. Disc was larger than Mars (4 arcsec) and smaller than Jupiter (38 arcsec) I'm guessing 15-20 arcsec? No way to see it other than through the big guy."
Quote:I tried to see the comet last evening (Friday, March 8), commencing 15 minutes after sunset. The sky was completely clear, and transparency was fairly good. Ottawa is at latitude 45N. From my 9th floor balcony, I have a horizon that is very nearly down to zero degrees. Using binos I failed to see anything.
17.5" f4.1 Manual Discovery Split Tube Dobsonian (Love 100 AFOV and wide TFOVs).
Denk II Dual Power Switch 3x3=9 powers x3 OCS = 27 power options per eyepiece pair.
2.3x40 to 25x100 Binos (and many in between).