Quote:Great reports and photos!However,there would appear to be a little conflicted detail regarding the position of the comet. Brentwood mentioned it being directly to the LEFT of the moon,while Don mentioned seeing it 2 degrees north(RIGHT).Which was correct?Kenny
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Quote:...The comet was a lovely sight with the crescent moon above showing earthshine. The coma was reasonable large with no central condensation. I could follow the tail about 0.25 degrees back...
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Quote:Thanks for posting that photo,Ian.I can see the comet clearly in the photo.The comet location confirms my original suspicion that it was so much closer to the horizon than the moon ( considerably more so than I'd imagined ) that the house roof I mentioned WNW of our house would definitely have obscured it from my view.I did see a distinctive lone star that by my estimations ought to have appeared to the right of and below the moon in your photo,somewhere near where that uppermost dark cloud is.Kenny
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Quote:seen with 25x150s tonightnot that much different from 8x56s 2 nights agoedj
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Quote:Frederick MD isn't that far from DC and it was easy to spot with binoculars from downtown the early evening of March 14th. This morning one of those freebee newspapers had a photo of PANSTARRS from New Mexico. My wife who is basically a non-stargazer remarked "It didn't look like that. It looked better, we could see more." What she meant is the 30 second exposure didn't show the contrast between the central condensation and the tail, nor the variations in brightness in the tail. So often we think that the photos show more than we see with our eyes but if you really look the view though our binos actually show a wider range of intensities than you get in a photo.
Quote:Quote:seen with 25x150s tonightnot that much different from 8x56s 2 nights agoedj I have to agree with Ed. The weather cleared here and I've seen it the last three nights. The view of the comet in 10X50, 16X70, 20X80, 14X100, and in an 11 inch scope at low power are not that much different. I was hoping that larger aperture would show a lot more tail, and I see a little more tail with increasing aperture, but not a lot. Perhaps the position of the comet in the twilight sky doesn't create enough contrast between the dimmer part of the tail and the sky to allow seeing more tail with increasing aperture. Two nights ago I looked at it with three other observers and we all liked how it looked through binoculars better than the view in the 11 inch scope.
Quote:It is wonderful to have a comet nicely visible from the inner city. I was not expecting it to look that good (I was using 15x50 binoculars). Moon was pretty, too.
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