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magic612
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) new [Re: Darren Drake]
      #5731902 - 03/14/13 10:05 AM

Darren, you're the first person I've heard from in the Chicago area that saw it naked eye. I'm used to looking for Mercury in the evening twilight muck/glow, and I could not see it without binoculars. Nice catch!

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Edward E
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) new [Re: Dan Finnerty]
      #5732014 - 03/14/13 10:55 AM

Both images are very nice Dan, I like the fist one best because of the warm hues in the image.

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Edward E
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) new [Re: geoshare]
      #5732017 - 03/14/13 10:57 AM

Very nice image.

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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) new [Re: Darren Drake]
      #5732027 - 03/14/13 11:02 AM

Finaly saw comet Panstars last night, Wed. March 13, 2013. I hurt my knee and have had a hard time walking so I really have not been able to go out as much as I would have liked to, but last night while taking the dog out, I took my binoculars out too. After hunting for a while I found Panstars in a gap between the trees. The coma was very bright and the tail was much fainter but clearly visible in the 9.5x66 binoculars. I could just barley see the comet with averted vision once I knew where it was located. What a thrill it was to see a comet with a tail once again, it has been much to long since the last one.

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Edward E
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Jeremy Perez]
      #5732030 - 03/14/13 11:03 AM

That is an excellent sketch Jeremy and I enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Edward E]
      #5732049 - 03/14/13 11:16 AM

I bagged it yesterday evening! 10x50 bino's at first and then quickly setup the Nexstar 4SE on AT Voyager mount. Telescopic views with the TV Plossl 32mm (41x) and Hyperion 17 (78x) were pleasing. The comet kind of took on the ruddy glow of the background sky as it set and then as the sky became darker around 8:40pm EDT more of the tail was visible with the higher power (78x).

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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Tonk]
      #5732112 - 03/14/13 11:53 AM

Quote:

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Blue Ridge Mountains




.. and you didn't frame it with the Lonesome Pine ?




Say what?

For those of us who have yet to see PanSTARRS, Martin McKenna in Ireland finally scored after four days of trying. Read about it on his website (scroll down).


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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Starman81]
      #5732129 - 03/14/13 12:06 PM

Here is a link to a short timelapse video I made of C2011 L4 and the moon setting over the AZ horizon on the evening of the 12th.
Vimeo link:
It represents an 11 minute time period starting at 730 pm.

Robert Mueller


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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Special Ed]
      #5732180 - 03/14/13 12:34 PM

Quote:

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Blue Ridge Mountains


.. and you didn't frame it with the Lonesome Pine ?



Say what? For those of us who have yet to see PanSTARRS, Martin McKenna in Ireland finally scored after four days of trying. Read about it on his website (scroll down).


Calm down Ed - a Google search for "lonesome pines blue ridge mountains of virginia" = Laurel & Hardy's http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzZDW0-tpTA

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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: geoshare]
      #5732200 - 03/14/13 12:48 PM

I'm estatic to say that notoriously bad michigan in winter yielded a nice clear night last night. (We probably get 3-4 nights like this in 3-4 months).

I went to a local park that has a hill and was surprised to see around 10 people that showed up. I don't believe it was even some event. Just a lot of people who know it to be a nice spot to get over the trees. Spotted it after about 45min with my Orion ST120 with ES82 30mm with a wide field. I maxed around 70x but felt the 24mm pan was the best shot and easiest to see. I was able to show some random people who came with binoculars or less so that was pretty nice.

Just plain happy to see it!


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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: geoshare]
      #5732262 - 03/14/13 01:28 PM

Lovely! - Bill in Flag

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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Dan Finnerty]
      #5732264 - 03/14/13 01:29 PM

Great photos. Thanks for sharing. - Bill in Flag

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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Special Ed]
      #5732279 - 03/14/13 01:39 PM

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Blue Ridge Mountains




.. and you didn't frame it with the Lonesome Pine ?





Say what?




On the trail of the lonesome pine


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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Tonk]
      #5732399 - 03/14/13 03:00 PM

I saw PAN-STARRS tonight for the first time! A bit fainter than I thought, due to the proximity to the sun. The tail is well visible in my 10x42 binoculars. Impossible to see the comet with the unaided eyes though.

Great!


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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Tonk]
      #5732423 - 03/14/13 03:27 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Quote:

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Blue Ridge Mountains


.. and you didn't frame it with the Lonesome Pine ?



Say what?


Calm down Ed - a Google search for "lonesome pines blue ridge mountains of virginia" = Laurel & Hardy's http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzZDW0-tpTA




Quote:

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Blue Ridge Mountains




.. and you didn't frame it with the Lonesome Pine ?





Say what?




On the trail of the lonesome pine




You two guys are too much. And those two guys are way too much.


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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Special Ed]
      #5732456 - 03/14/13 03:49 PM

Saw the comet last night (13th) from a hilltop above Santa Cruz above the fog.
It was first seen with 7x50 binos. The coma was bright and elongated not circular in shape. I wish I could have seen it in my 10" but I barely made it because of my work schedule. If I had seen it in the 10" I would have been able to see the coma better to see if the coma was elongated as I said. The tail was prominent with a fan shape to it. As the sky darkened we were able to see the comet barely with the naked eye. I couldn't say that it changed much if at all since the 12th. This is a nice one and maybe will be pleasantly surprised with an outburst.

Clear skies. Dean


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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Dean Norris]
      #5732564 - 03/14/13 05:02 PM

After all the lousy weather we've had, yesterday was beautiful and perfectly clear. I drove to a 400 foot high bluff with a great view to the west. Gibraltar rock in Lodi, Wisconsin is where I shot these pictures. I got a few glimpses of the comet in 10x50 binoculars but not naked eye.


Burning Through Sunset by kevin-palmer, on Flickr


Crescent Moon Comet by kevin-palmer, on Flickr


Comet Panstarrs Setting by kevin-palmer, on Flickr

There's also a short time lapse video here: Flickr

After the comet set, I also got my first view of the zodiacal light. I was on the border of a green and yellow zone so I didn't know if I would see it. Yesterday was a good day.


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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: krp]
      #5732588 - 03/14/13 05:15 PM

It looks like it's going to be clear tonight,I'm going to the local park tonight and HUNT for it with my binoculars,I hope to see it naked eye too(I'm gonna cross my fingers for that)

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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: OldDeadOne]
      #5732589 - 03/14/13 05:16 PM

BTW how long after the sun sets do I go to look for it? Right after the sun sets or later?

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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: OldDeadOne]
      #5732724 - 03/14/13 06:51 PM

This thread is now approaching 2/5 the size of the Great Comet Holmes Thread of 2007, and we still have 2 months of observing to do with this one

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