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Ptarmigan
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) new [Re: Edward E]
      #5728556 - 03/12/13 04:40 PM

Nice photo of the comet. Looks brighter than predicted so far.

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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) new [Re: Ptarmigan]
      #5728627 - 03/12/13 05:19 PM

We managed to spot PANSTARRS too Tuesday evening. From the beach at Wassenaar, The Netherlands, around one hour and a quarter after sunset at 17:35 MET. Conditions were reasonable, cold, transparant, but with thick clouds hugging the horizon, and high thin clouds above them upto 5 degrees.

There was a very young moon, around 22 hours old, which was quite special by itself. The moon was visible with the naked eye from around half an hour after sunset until it became obscured by the low clouds must before it set.

We only found the comet because one of us was taking pictures. It was more to the east than we expected it to be. Easy to see in 10x50 bino's, and also in a C11. The was a hint of a tail, but the comet was already in the high clouds so details were not readily visible. We could see it with the naked eye too a couple of times.


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zee
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: svdwal]
      #5728729 - 03/12/13 06:15 PM

you all may already know of this link, but
http://spaceweather.com/gallery/index.php?title=comet

has continuing real time uploads of images, and it's rather fun to "watch the earth spin" via comet images coming in as the terminator sweeps around the planet.


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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: zee]
      #5728948 - 03/12/13 08:42 PM

Here is a frame taken at 5:15-21UTC March 11, 2013.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/hiroc/8553458798/


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Jay
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: hiro]
      #5728958 - 03/12/13 08:48 PM

Hiro,

Wow, that's a great shot!


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siriusandthepup
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Jay]
      #5729044 - 03/12/13 09:21 PM

Hi from central Texas.

The comet is visible now in my 8x42 Fuji's. Moon on the right side of the field, comet on the left and slightly higher - maybe 1/2 deg.

I can see it without the binos also. Currently about 7 deg over my western (clear to 1/4 deg) horizon.

Good luck all.


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Bradford W
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: siriusandthepup]
      #5729158 - 03/12/13 10:12 PM Attachment (41 downloads)

Viewed Comet Panstarrs under perfect weather conditions here at 29.5N, 95.0W both yesterday and today. Was not able to see with the naked eye, but had good views through 10x50 bincoulars and also caught it with the camera.

Attached picture - 3/11 8:16pm, Canon Rebel T3i at 18mm, ISO 100, f/3.5, 6 seconds, cropped.

Edited by Bradford W (03/12/13 10:14 PM)


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Bradford W
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Bradford W]
      #5729168 - 03/12/13 10:16 PM Attachment (35 downloads)

Another one from tonight - 3/12 8:14pm, Canon Rebel T3i at 18mm, ISO 100, f/3.5, 4 seconds, cropped.

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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: siriusandthepup]
      #5729171 - 03/12/13 10:17 PM

Here's a nice image I found of Panstarrs and the moon: Flickr

The weather forecast is finally looking good here for tomorrow night, I can't wait.


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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Bradford W]
      #5729178 - 03/12/13 10:18 PM

I went to the park in the middle of our subdivision and managed to observe PanSTARRS with my 8x56 binoculars for I a few minutes. Very nice. A guy across the street from the park came outside to see why I was out there and I told him I was doing a little stargazing. He was cool with the idea and went inside to get his binoculars (I offered him a peek with mine but he wanted to use his). I was happy to catch the comet before it went below the treeline.

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zee
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: HoundDog]
      #5729209 - 03/12/13 10:29 PM

bad haze tonight, but it was barely there (not naked eye, though) and I got a group of 13 out there looking tonight; soon I'll convert everyone on the block.

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WStewart
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: HoundDog]
      #5729211 - 03/12/13 10:32 PM Attachment (25 downloads)

It was a naked eye object from Dallas tonight, but just barely. There were some clouds near the horizon that served as handy references, so I could go from binoculars to the camera to seeing it...but if I didn't know exactly where to look I doubt I'd have ever noticed it.

Bigger version here .


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Starhunter249
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: HoundDog]
      #5729215 - 03/12/13 10:33 PM

I just want to say that I have been enjoying viewing all the incredible photos of this comet posted in this thread. Bravo to your hard work and dedication! Its really turning into a good show and thank you all for posting them. Unfortunately for me and all other local sky viewers in Illinois, its nothing but clouds and rain most of the week. I really envy your clear skies. Happy Hunting with your cameras.

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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Starhunter249]
      #5729226 - 03/12/13 10:39 PM

Our club PANSTARRS outreach event was this evening and we had a good turnout, with about 30 scopes, binoculars and/or cameras on the field and a nice gathering of interested civilians. Skies were quite good though the comet was not naked eye visible (to me at least.) One bonus from this event is a lot of good publicity for the hobby . . . our local TV weathercasters were all over it the last coupld of days, touting out event specifically, and we had coverage tonight from one TV station and a photographer from the daily paper.

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CACitUP
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5729306 - 03/12/13 11:09 PM

Super excited to catch a glimpse of Panstarrs this evening. Being newly back into astronomy and having just acquired a new scope (AT72ED) and mount (iOptron SmartEQ Pro) I thought I would take a chance out front and look for the comet. AMAZING!!! Kids will be tickled tomorrow evening seeing their very first comet.

Craig
San Jose, CA


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Ben B
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5729308 - 03/12/13 11:09 PM

So I think I captured the comet and Uranus in a single frame with my Canon T3 and SV80ST scope, but I'm not positive. The field of view is plenty wide enough although I don't yet have a field flattener so things get a bit elongated at the edges. Here's a crop with what I believe is Uranus at the bottom center of the image. What do you think? Stellarium tells me Uranus is the only semi-bright object in this position.


Comet PanSTARRS through SV80ST


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DanNie
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Starhunter249]
      #5729319 - 03/12/13 11:13 PM Attachment (26 downloads)

The comet was easy to see with small binoculars and even the electronic viewfinder of a Canon T3 DSLR, once it was dark enough. Transparency wasn't as good as last evening, though. The photo was taken using the T3, Nikon 180mm f/2.8, ISO 400, 1/10s, 3-12-2013.

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wfj
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: DanNie]
      #5729328 - 03/12/13 11:18 PM

The past few days the Santa Cruz marine layer has skunked me, but tonight comet with two tails and bright coma quite visible and enjoyable to all comers at 37N 122W.

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Jay
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: wfj]
      #5729394 - 03/12/13 11:51 PM Attachment (33 downloads)

PanSTARRS meets the Moon over Orange County, CA

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hottr6
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Jay]
      #5729410 - 03/13/13 12:01 AM

Awesome shot, Jay.

Hauled my 5" f/5 200' up the east canyon wall so that I could see further over the west canyon wall. Best view of the evening was with my 7x50, however. The 5" showed well the nucleus, but the tail showed no structure. The binos gave context with the Moon and distant trees. It was easy to see with the naked eye once knowing where to look. My wife hiked up the hill with me. She is not into astronomy, but she found it first with the 7x50. We had a great time.

Shane in gray-zone NM


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