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EJN
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Re: What scope R U gonna use for Upcoming comets!! new [Re: aa6ww]
      #5703722 - 02/27/13 03:40 PM

Doesn't matter. It will be cloudy here.

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Re: What scope R U gonna use for Upcoming comets!! new [Re: EJN]
      #5704854 - 02/28/13 08:17 AM

My 10X50 Binocular and 100mm f9 refractor. Maybe 16 inch dobsonian for close up and details.

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Jure Atanackov
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Re: What scope R U gonna use for Upcoming comets!! new [Re: Illinois]
      #5709227 - 03/02/13 05:54 PM

Everything, from the naked eye, through 50, 70, 80, 110-mm binoculars, 10", 12" and 16" telescopes. Wide field to high power views of the inner coma. Can hardly wait!
CS!Jure


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Phillip Creed
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Re: What scope R U gonna use for Upcoming comets!! new [Re: Jure Atanackov]
      #5712597 - 03/04/13 01:56 PM

I've got a set of 15x70 binoculars that will be my primary instrument for viewing Comet Panstarrs. In addition, my alt-az mounted 8" f/4.9 might come along, as I've customized the assembly for quick-strike, "guerrilla astronomy" tactics that are often necessary here in cloudy NE Ohio.

Clear Skies,
Phil


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Re: What scope R U gonna use for Upcoming comets!! new [Re: azure1961p]
      #5714415 - 03/05/13 12:55 PM

Hi Pete! Can I really do comet observation with a 72mm!? If so, what would be the magnitude of the skies needed to do so? I understand you live in Connecticut, I used to live in Massachusetts and I know how poor the quality of the skies can be around this time. Nevertheless I have small scopes and i would like to try them on this "thing" coming our way!

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bassplayer142
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Re: What scope R U gonna use for Upcoming comets!! new [Re: dickie]
      #5714667 - 03/05/13 03:13 PM

I don't believe I'll have a good shot at the horizon with out travel. If I don't travel, then the X8t and the st120 and Binos.

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Re: What scope R U gonna use for Upcoming comets!! new [Re: bassplayer142]
      #5714763 - 03/05/13 04:02 PM

Think I'll use the 110mm f4.5 jaegers cheap build I did. With a 30mm 2" I get 16.5x and a 4 degree fov,should be great for comets.

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Re: What scope R U gonna use for Upcoming comets!! new [Re: mdowns]
      #5716688 - 03/06/13 03:43 PM

In the last week, I've been on google maps and have found some excellent open areas that have open views to the west just for this event. Ive gone out to several close to my home, and even found a very nice paved road that just dead ends into an open field in the middle of nowhere. I can see the mountains 50 plus miles away so I'm looking forward to this being my Comet watch location now.
Last weekend I tested out two of my wide field refractors to see how much actual field of view I can get with my widest eyepieces.

I can get 3.7 degrees actual field of view out of my 6" f/5 Celestron, and can get about 2.7 degs out of my 180 F/6 APM refractors. Both of these should be excellent for comet observing. I don't think I'll need more field of view than this to see the entire comet in one big gulp of the eyepiece.
I'll be able to try out my 2" comet filter (Lumicon Swan Band Filter) which should help with PannStarr. That should be interesting so I'll report back how that works out.
I also have 2 pair of binos Ive been carrying with me now at all times, just in case. One is my 10x42 Nikon SE's and the others is my Oberwerk 20x80mm Deluxe III. Both are excellent with excellent optics.

I cant wait! Like most out here, this is the Superbowl for us as astronomers, so we gotta give it all we got Scotty!!

Good luck to everyone out here in your quest for this awesome event!!

...Ralph


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Re: What scope R U gonna use for Upcoming comets!! new [Re: aa6ww]
      #5717776 - 03/07/13 06:21 AM

hopefully naked eye
but I have backup from handheld 5x to fuji 25x150s

edj


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Mike B.
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Re: What scope R U gonna use for Upcoming comets!! new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5718284 - 03/07/13 11:58 AM

I have an original Celestron 5.5" Comet Catcher with the orange tube that I'll be observing Panstarrs with, along with my 10x50's and 15x70's. If all goes well, I will use a TV-85 and Canon DSLR to shoot some pictures.

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Re: What scope R U gonna use for Upcoming comets!! new [Re: Mike B.]
      #5718828 - 03/07/13 04:59 PM

If all goes well, I'll be using a variety of binoculars (7x35, 8x42, 10x50, and 15x70) and telescopes ranging from 80mm refractors to 17" and possibly larger reflectors.

Dave Mitsky


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Re: What scope R U gonna use for Upcoming comets!! new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5718845 - 03/07/13 05:07 PM

Quote:

If all goes well, I'll be using a variety of binoculars (7x35, 8x42, 10x50, and 15x70) and telescopes ranging from 80mm refractors to 17" and possibly larger reflectors.

Dave Mitsky




It'll be nice to hear some reports from big scopes. I just picked up a pair of 25x100mm IF Oberwerk binos, using these comets as an excuse to get a larger pair of binos, so this should be fun provided the skies stay clear.

Good luck!

...Ralph


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Mike C
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Re: What scope R U gonna use for Upcoming comets!! new [Re: aa6ww]
      #5718871 - 03/07/13 05:18 PM

My western and northern horizons are severely obstructed from home, so I can't use my backyard 'scopes until Pan-STARRS is higher (and far dimmer). Instead, I'll start away from home with 7 x 50s, plus a battery-driven equatorial for imaging.

Currently my evening commute spans twilight, so I expect my first views of Pan-STARRS will be from the train!

Not at all optimistic about the weather, though - only 4 clear nights so far this year

Regards,


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Re: What scope R U gonna use for Upcoming comets!! new [Re: Mike C]
      #5718894 - 03/07/13 05:31 PM

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Not at all optimistic about the weather, though - only 4 clear nights so far this year




Try Yorkshire - 1/2 night with no moon and 1/2 night including moon - thats it! I know why too - I bought a 10 Micron GM 1000 HPS mount - I'm really sorry


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Mike C
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Re: What scope R U gonna use for Upcoming comets!! new [Re: Tonk]
      #5718955 - 03/07/13 05:56 PM

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Try Yorkshire - 1/2 night with no moon and 1/2 night including moon - thats it! I know why too - I bought a 10 Micron GM 1000 HPS mount - I'm really sorry




Wow - that's disappointing. Got to say I was a bit luckier - my 4 clear nights came over a few weeks following delivery of a 12" Newt!

Regards, and clear skies to all comet-spotters!


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norton67
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Re: What scope R U gonna use for Upcoming comets!! new [Re: Mike C]
      #5721680 - 03/09/13 06:40 AM

I will use my 28 x 110 binoculars.

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Re: What scope R U gonna use for Upcoming comets!! new [Re: norton67]
      #5721906 - 03/09/13 09:55 AM

Just going to use my Orion 100 f/6 on a video tripod and a 25mm eyepiece for 24x mag. I'm going to have to find a high spot in the area to get a good look (I'm at 53 degrees N).

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Re: What scope R U gonna use for Upcoming comets!! new [Re: nirvanix]
      #5722471 - 03/09/13 03:09 PM

I will be using a Minolta 10x50mm wide angle binocular to start off-then my 10" f/5.6 Discovery Dob. I remember using a 8" f/6 Celestron Star-Hopper Dob on Hale-Bopp at 100x. It looked like the comet was pushing water to the sides-quite spectacular. Comet Holmes was huge in my Discovery 12.5" f/5 scope a few years back. It looked like a giant balloon.

Jim


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Re: What scope R U gonna use for Upcoming comets!! new [Re: JIMZ7]
      #5728434 - 03/12/13 03:49 PM

Borg 77 on a car window mount.

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Doug Michel
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Re: What scope R U gonna use for Upcoming comets!! new [Re: CarlDD]
      #5728442 - 03/12/13 03:51 PM

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Borg 77 on a car window mount.




Resistance is futile.

Sorry had to say that, anytime I see the word Borg I go there. I am assuming this is an actual scope though?


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