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Mike Lynch
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) new [Re: Edward E]
      #5730348 - 03/13/13 01:19 PM Attachment (43 downloads)

Great photos! Kudos to all who caught last night's Comet and Crescent show!

Just outside Frankfort, Ky., where it cleared unexpectedly, I managed to find Pan-STARRS with my 15x70 binoculars and get a few shots. No way could I see the comet without optical aid...and though the sky was "clear," it wasn't AS clear as many of you had. But I was happy to get this image!



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Jay
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) new [Re: Mike Lynch]
      #5730386 - 03/13/13 01:37 PM

Very nice shot Mike! So many great efforts everybody!

Jay


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stevecoe
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Jay]
      #5730406 - 03/13/13 01:46 PM Attachment (43 downloads)

Great images everybody. Having digital camera so available really allows lots of great shots.

Here is my image from last night. I am 100 miles east of Phoenix, having clear skies and enjoying some deep sky observing. So, the comet allows me to do something while waiting for it to get dark.

Clear skies to us all;
Steve Coe

Info: Canon Xt camera, 1 second exposure, 200mm lens f/4


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Olivier Biot
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Jay]
      #5730413 - 03/13/13 01:51 PM

I have Luna in sight now, but a wall of clouds is making the search rather challenging...

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MDavid
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Mike B.]
      #5730466 - 03/13/13 02:29 PM

Quote:

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






WOW! Mike Awesome close-up! We saw Panstarrs for the first time yesterday (March 12th - with the smallest cresent moon I'd seen). It was only visible with Binos (9x63 Orion Mini-Giants) from our location - Houston TX 3rd level of a parking garage where a group of like-minded Amateur Astronomers showed up for the event. The tail was a distinctly fading cone that was brighter on the north (right) side of the V...really enjoying everyone's pictures!


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Nile
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Loc: Tucson, AZ.
Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: MDavid]
      #5730580 - 03/13/13 03:50 PM

Here is a rare combination I caught.

I wish I had a zoom lens! :-( Had to go for long exposure (15 sec) but the timing was fun!



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stargazer424
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: droid]
      #5730739 - 03/13/13 05:26 PM

Grr...clouds are rolling in here in NJ...

I'm starting to think the closest I am going to get to seeing this comet is these photos, so thank you all for posting them...


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geoshare
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: stargazer424]
      #5730766 - 03/13/13 05:43 PM Attachment (33 downloads)

Here is a quick view of what we saw in Sedona Arizona. Shot with a Nikon D3X and 300mm f4
ISO 800 1.3 sec @ f4
We are at 34 degrees, barely naked eye visable

Robert

Edited by geoshare (03/13/13 05:45 PM)


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Edward E
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: geoshare]
      #5730795 - 03/13/13 05:56 PM

Oooo, pretty!

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Tonk
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: geoshare]
      #5730800 - 03/13/13 05:58 PM

Succes from the UK. I've run three 100 mile round trips (10th, 12th, and tonight 13th) driving to the hills on the westen side of Yorkshire - high enough to see bits of the Irish Sea.

This is my report to my astro club

"Third trip to Ingleton tonight - forecast was for clearing skies around sunset. Did just that - watched the clouds evaporate away over 40 minutes to clear skies in all but the vital horizon where a huge cloud remained dumping rain/snow over Barrow-in-Furness. However even that faded away eventaually.

I was joined by the same folks as last night + one new guy. I had spotted the moon 20 mins before sunset and tracked that in bins hoping to use it as a way marker. The sky slowly got darker - still no comet. Shot a few hopefuls with the camera on the AstroTrac in the region of sky I hoped the comet was. So did the guy next to me.

Eventally 40 minutes after sunset my next door neigbour was scanning his hopefuls when he found it. Everyone rushed over to sight up his lens and pick out cloud remnants to use as stepping stones. Comet had bright pseudo nucleus and coma and faint slightly curving dust tail. We followed it (in binns) for another 30 minutes watching it slowly fade through orange until extinguished by extinction about 1 dgree above the Irish Sea.

Woooo hoooo - success

Back to Leeds in 1 hour 1 minute - clear roads all the way. Milage clocked for one very difficult comet - ~300! urgh"


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BillFerris
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Tonk]
      #5730905 - 03/13/13 06:53 PM

That's brilliant, Tonk! Glad to hear the weather gods cooperated to reward the time and effort invested in making the observation.

Bill in Flag


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BillFerris
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: geoshare]
      #5730909 - 03/13/13 06:55 PM

Lovely shot! - Bill in Flag

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BillFerris
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) new [Re: Mike B.]
      #5730913 - 03/13/13 06:58 PM

Nice capture! Thanks for sharing. - Bill in Flag

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nirvanix
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) new [Re: BillFerris]
      #5730915 - 03/13/13 07:00 PM

Lots of nice pictures.

Failed last night because of low clouds on the western horizon. I'm going to try again tonight. Good luck to all comet hunters.


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johndgaul
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: nirvanix]
      #5730956 - 03/13/13 07:23 PM

Woohoo!

It was snowing here at 5:40, as I walked home from Edgware Road tube station. But there was a glimmer of hope in the west, with some clear sky around the setting sun.

Lots of us saw it this evening (I was the first to "discover" it ) between 6:45 and 7:10, from Regent's Park in central London. 50 or so people had gathered, despite the bleak weather and everpresent urban glow, with the Baker St Irregular Astronomers, to valiantly try to catch a glimpse.

Through the gaps in the clouds and the low altitude murk, there it was, gliding along with a glorious orange glow, and tail fanning out. A fine sight through the Docter Aspectem 40x80 EDs.


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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: johndgaul]
      #5730964 - 03/13/13 07:30 PM Attachment (24 downloads)

Here's a prelim shot/montage from tonight in bright twilight from my yard obsy via M12 stopped from f/3.6 to f/11 @ ~1/500s with SX Lodestar-C - had to find/use Jupiter, Moon as goto 'stepping stones' to the comet

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geoshare
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: nytecam]
      #5731020 - 03/13/13 08:05 PM Attachment (24 downloads)

Any ISS experts out there? I was shooting C2011 L4 and got this object in 6 frames moving at a good clip. It had no contrail and a distinct two part shape. After inspection I was hoping it was the ISS passing by Arizona skies!

Edited by geoshare (03/13/13 08:09 PM)


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norton67
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: geoshare]
      #5731125 - 03/13/13 09:03 PM

Well the sky was clear tonight here in Michigan and I got to see the comet. I also got to share it with my 7 and 6 year old kids. They really liked seeing it.

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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) *DELETED* [Re: geoshare]
      #5731127 - 03/13/13 09:04 PM

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Special Ed
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: geoshare]
      #5731139 - 03/13/13 09:11 PM Attachment (17 downloads)

Mike, Steve, Maurice, and especially geoshare, Nice pics--thanks!

Tony--great story--looking forward to the pictures.

johndgaul-also a great story and some impressive outreach.

Here is a picture of PanSTARRS and Luna over the Blue Ridge Mountains on March 12th at ~7:55 PM EDT from Charlottesville, VA, made by J Perez, one of our astronomy group and posted with his kind permission. He used a Canon EOS camera. I think it's very nice.

Edited by Special Ed (03/14/13 06:23 AM)


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