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Jay
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) new [Re: hottr6]
      #5729427 - 03/13/13 12:13 AM

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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





Wow, what a haul. Mixing hiking with astronomy, a healthy new trend? It sounds like you had a very nice evening.

Great update!

Jay


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Dean Norris
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) new [Re: hottr6]
      #5729472 - 03/13/13 12:52 AM

I saw the comet briefly tonight before the fog spoiled the view. It was in the same field of view with the very young Moon in my 7x50 binos. It was a beautiful sight. I could see a bright coma and a narrow fan shaped tail. I observed from the local beach a few minutes drive from my home. Tomorrow night if the weather cooperates I think I'll drive to higher ground in hopes of being above the fog. I didn't expect the fog since the weather forecast called for clear skies. Still I was happy to get a chance to see it.

Clear skies. Dean


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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: BillFerris]
      #5729483 - 03/13/13 01:01 AM

Enjoyed a great view of Comet PanSTARRS slipping in tandem with a thin crescent Moon toward the western horizon, tonight. Here, are a few images captured from the roof of my house. - Bill in Flag


Comet PanSTARRS is the barely perceptible point of light near the upper-left corner








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Jay
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: BillFerris]
      #5729487 - 03/13/13 01:03 AM

WOW BILL!!! Fantastic!

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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Jay]
      #5729508 - 03/13/13 01:22 AM Attachment (38 downloads)

Bill,
I think your shots are awesome!

I was able to observe Panstarrs this evening in Sunnyvale, CA (San Francisco Bay Area). It was a normal bay area day... clear after morning fog burned off, with significant amount of haze. After work, I drove up to the top floor of the parking garage at work, looking for the crescent moon. There were clouds and contrails hugging the western horizon. At approximately 7:25PM PDT, the thin crescent moon popped into view. I started looking for the comet with my 10x50 binos. No luck. At ~7:40PM PDT I saw it! I was accompanied by my wife and three of my co-workers. We took turns with the binos, and we all saw it. It was not discernible with the naked eye. We watched it slowly set, descending through the clouds. It took a few photos. Here is one taken at ~7:45pm PDT.
Nikon D40x, ISO200, zoom lens set to 175mm, f5.6; 4s exposure. Compressed to 1200x800pixels.
Regards,
J.F.


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eps0mu0
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: eps0mu0]
      #5729511 - 03/13/13 01:23 AM Attachment (39 downloads)

Here another photo, also at ~7:45pm PDT
Nikon D40x, ISO200, fl=175mm, f5.6, 2s.


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TxStars
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: eps0mu0]
      #5729515 - 03/13/13 01:26 AM Attachment (32 downloads)

Tak FCT-65 1.6 sec Nikon D-40X

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Mike B.
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: TxStars]
      #5729633 - 03/13/13 03:03 AM

I have a close-up of the comet from the moon encounter night:



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david young
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Mike B.]
      #5729663 - 03/13/13 04:08 AM Attachment (29 downloads)

I posted in the beginner forum, but I'd like to post it here again. My astro club also caught attention of local news and they posted our photos.

David from college station, texas


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Edward E
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Ptarmigan]
      #5729875 - 03/13/13 08:54 AM

Thank you Ptarmigan. I wish I had better equipment but my little point & shoot is doing the job. Its much better than my old 35mm film camera.

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Edward E
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: david young]
      #5729908 - 03/13/13 09:12 AM Attachment (40 downloads)

What a spectacular sight! Comet, Moon and a picture perfect background. Last night was the first time I could see the comet without optical aid. I think the moon helped by giving my eyes something to focus on. The sky conditions here in Tucson were ideal. No clouds or contrails, transparency was excellent and seeing was good. I was able to pick out the comet with my 7X50 spotting scope @ 02:05 UT. The comet was the same brightness as last night, ~ 0.5 to 1.0 mag with a 1/4 degree tail easily seen. My pictures seen to show the appearance of a "swallow tail" tail structure starting to become visible. Here are some pics from last night all taken from the same point as the last several nights:

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Edward E
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Edward E]
      #5729911 - 03/13/13 09:13 AM Attachment (27 downloads)

and the comet alone:

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Edward E
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Edward E]
      #5729924 - 03/13/13 09:15 AM Attachment (26 downloads)

Good night to the "dynamic duo"

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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Edward E]
      #5730036 - 03/13/13 10:26 AM

I drove up to a hill outside of Trussville AL where there is a Sams Club. I spotted the comet around 6:20 local time by panning around with binos. There was a couple there too looking at the comet. Never saw it without the binos.

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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: LivingNDixie]
      #5730079 - 03/13/13 10:59 AM

Caught my first glimpse at PANSTARRS with my Pentax 12x50 binos last night at 7:32 pm in Poway, CA. I suggested my wife take a look (she's not much into astronomy) and when she got PANSTARRS in the field of view she said "Oh coooooooooooool!" Moments I live for.

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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: LivingNDixie]
      #5730107 - 03/13/13 11:14 AM

Finally spotted it here in Huntsville, AL.

I could not spot it with my naked eye, but showed up nicely in a pair of 10x50 binos and a widefield 4" refractor telescope. Took this shot with the E-PL2 at 150mm, f5.6, 2 second exposure.







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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Djarum]
      #5730179 - 03/13/13 11:56 AM

Got it yesterday (the 12th) from near Auburn, Alabama, 32N! First spotted by my dad in 15x70 binos, then we viewed through my 6" F/5 Newt. Looked nice and bright, easily seen in binos and awesome at 30x (25mm Plossl) in the scope. Here's some photos I took.

Taken while sky's still bright

Widefield with moon

Taken just before it set (careful processing applied )


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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Djarum]
      #5730192 - 03/13/13 12:03 PM

Some nice pics, everyone. Bill and EdwardE's are particularly nice.

We had a clearing trend yesterday evening so I went up to my hay meadows in hope that I might see PanSTARRS with Luna. It cleared off nicely except for a persistent band of thick clouds extending up to 10-12 on the western horizon.

Thanks to all for your pics and reports from this lover of comets--this one may be small but it's a beauty.


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OldDeadOne
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Special Ed]
      #5730226 - 03/13/13 12:18 PM

I am hopeful to see this comet with my binoculars if this cloud cover ever clears.

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Edward E
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: BillFerris]
      #5730303 - 03/13/13 12:52 PM

You the man Bill! Very nice.

How do you display multi-pics per post?


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