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geoshare
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) new [Re: waso29]
      #5733345 - 03/15/13 12:52 AM Attachment (33 downloads)

Sedona Arizona skies were a bit cloudy but C2011 L4 came peeking out for a nice show. It seemed to be brighter tonight (qualitative) and took on an orange glow with the haze.

I created two new short timelapses that can be viewed here:
Timelapse on 3/14/20131 and Timelapse on 3/13/2013

Image: Nikon D3X 300mm 4 seconds @f4

Robert Mueller


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Phillip Creed
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Reged: 07/25/06

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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) new [Re: geoshare]
      #5733372 - 03/15/13 01:19 AM

*FINALLY* saw it from NE Ohio, just outside of Canton near the town of Navarre. It is difficult for me to describe our recent weather without devolving into a face-peeling Sam Kinison-style rant. You...you don't want to know the names I've used to describe Lake Erie.

We still had some clouds that bothered us, but we could see the comet at around 8:10 and were able to see it off and on until 8:20 p.m. The tail isn't long, maybe 1/2-3/4 of a degree in my 15x70s, but it's very prominent.

I had to leave at 8:30 since I promised my wife I would be home quickly; hopefully others saw it tonight from the Buckeye State, too.

Clear Skies,
Phil


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Dave Mitsky
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) new [Re: Phillip Creed]
      #5733408 - 03/15/13 02:11 AM

It was very cold and windy but I was able to observe Comet PanSTARRS for about three-quarters of an hour on Thursday evening through 3 different binoculars, 3 refractors, an SCT, and a classical Cassegrain from the Naylor Observatory. I'll post a full report in the near future.

Dave Mitsky


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MessiToM
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Reged: 12/21/09

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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5733426 - 03/15/13 02:36 AM

I FINALLY got to see Panstarrs! hoorah, you have no Idea how happy I am. this is the first comet this bright Ive gotten to see.

I first saw it at about 1950 est time with my 30mm binos. Once i knew where to look it was naked eye to me!

It was very nice through my 6" F8 refractor. I got about 30 mins of viewing. Ill be content now if I never get to see it again it was THAT cool.

Nikon D3100 55mm lense ISO400 f3.5 2sec exposure


tried my best through my refractor. It dosent have tracking


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RolandosCY
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Reged: 01/02/09

Loc: Nicosia, Cyprus
Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: aa6ww]
      #5733434 - 03/15/13 02:47 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Well... I have been trying for more than a week now to get a glimpse of this comet. It sort of became an obsession!...
...Needless to say, I did not have the time to set up either a telescope or camera gear. The forecast remains similar for today and tomorrow, hopefully by Saturday I will have my first real good sighting of this "hide-and-seek" comet!




Stories like this are better than 100 pictures of the same object! I like sketches also, great story, congratulations!
It should look great in the Fs-102 also!

...Ralph




Thanks!!!!

Edited by RolandosCY (03/15/13 02:49 AM)


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RolandosCY
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Reged: 01/02/09

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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: RolandosCY]
      #5733435 - 03/15/13 02:50 AM

Beautiful images everybody... Beautiful! The best medicine for us who have yet to get a really decent view of the comet...

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Rich (RLTYS)Moderator
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: RolandosCY]
      #5733504 - 03/15/13 05:47 AM

Still haven't seen it. Been fighting clouds every night and the next two nights don't look any better.

Rich (RLTYS)


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Mike C
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Reged: 03/05/08

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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Rich (RLTYS)]
      #5733686 - 03/15/13 09:16 AM

Despite fairly clear twilight over the last 3 days, I've failed to see it too. It appears that PanSTARRS was only visible during my rail commute and had set by the time I reached the station at the home end. As it happens, that station has the best horizon to the west - but too late!

The weather forecast is now poor for several days at least.

I still hope to catch it, higher in the sky but dimmer, when the moon wanes. I should then be able to employ my backyard 'scope for imaging. Weather-permitting of course!

Regards,


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stargazer424
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Reged: 10/03/05

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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Mike C]
      #5733694 - 03/15/13 09:23 AM

Took my 8" dob to a lake last night to find the comet. There was a few other people out there with binoculars looking for it too. After about 20-30 minutes I spotted it! It was more "fuzzy" than I thought it should be, but I think it was due to turbulence. There was a cold front coming it.

I showed the comet to my friend who came with me and the other people who still couldn't find it in the binoculars. After a few minutes of observing I switched to some other targets to show my friend what else you can see. He was amazed at seeing Jupiter and the Galilean moons, and that you can see the color bands around Jupiter. Then I showed him the crescent moon and the Orion nebula...

If it were warmer we probably would have stayed out longer, but there was a cold wind blowing...


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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: waso29]
      #5733716 - 03/15/13 09:38 AM

Nice shots Bill! Were you there with Joe the other night?

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Larry Carlino
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: magic612]
      #5733978 - 03/15/13 11:54 AM Attachment (31 downloads)

After being clouded out repeatedly, I finally got a good look at PANSTARRS last night, March 14. Transparency was excellent right down to the western horizon, and I first picked up the comet by scanning with a 6", f/5 refractor at 30x. In a few minutes, it was easy to acquire in a 6x30mm finder. It became a naked-eye object eventually, and I would estimate its magnitude between +1.0 and 1.5. It had a strong yellow hue which eventually reddened as it got closer to the horizon. Not exactly spectacular, but a pretty neat sight nevertheless. I've attached a sketch made at 0010 UT with the 6-inch refractor operating at 50x. Despite my frozen feet and hands, this comet was worth the trouble.

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bassplayer142
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Larry Carlino]
      #5734072 - 03/15/13 12:46 PM

Does anyone have any links or info on the magnitude vs. time of this comet and when it is supposed to peak? Thanks.

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proton314
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Reged: 06/06/12

Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: bassplayer142]
      #5734158 - 03/15/13 01:31 PM Attachment (21 downloads)

Just made video.
Canon 6D, EF 70-200mm f/4L USM, ISO 1600, 1.3sec, 450 frames. I think all video is 30 min time period.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foQODHiXAfM

Edited by proton314 (03/15/13 01:38 PM)


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magic612
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: bassplayer142]
      #5734165 - 03/15/13 01:33 PM

Quote:

Does anyone have any links or info on the magnitude vs. time of this comet and when it is supposed to peak? Thanks.




I posted a response to MikeBOKC's question that was similar; see the prior page.


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Mike B.
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: proton314]
      #5734393 - 03/15/13 03:53 PM

Quote:

Just made video.
Canon 6D, EF 70-200mm f/4L USM, ISO 1600, 1.3sec, 450 frames. I think all video is 30 min time period.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foQODHiXAfM




Wow! Outstanding video. I loved it.

I went out last night (March 14th, 2013.) The comet was a little harder to find without the moon to guide me. The horizon muck was less, but that seemed to make twilight last longer or brighter - one of the two. Regardless, I got some good views with the 10x50's and 15x70's. It looked like a little cone with a bright tip, which was the stellar-type pseudo-nucleus.

I shot some images, too. Below is the best 40 sub-images combined into one and then I overlayed that on a single 6 second shot of the comet setting next to a big tree in the distance. Check it out:



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Tonk
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Mike B.]
      #5734732 - 03/15/13 07:16 PM

Mag graph - from http://www.aerith.net/comet/catalog/2011L4/2011L4.html



Now past its peak and going down ...


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Lancem
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Reged: 03/17/11

Loc: Ontario, Canada
Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Tonk]
      #5734942 - 03/15/13 08:50 PM

Kept checking the NW horizon after sunset this evening to see if there would be a break in the clouds. It was looking good as the sky darkened so my 9 yr old son and I went for a quick drive to a site with a good view of the horizon. I was able to spot comet panstarrs naked eye. I then set up my 8x56 binocs on a tripod and my son was able to see his first comet. "Wow Dad, the tail is pointing up". I knew he could see it! A great moment to remember.

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Mike B.
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Lancem]
      #5735046 - 03/15/13 09:44 PM

Quote:

Kept checking the NW horizon after sunset this evening to see if there would be a break in the clouds. It was looking good as the sky darkened so my 9 yr old son and I went for a quick drive to a site with a good view of the horizon. I was able to spot comet panstarrs naked eye. I then set up my 8x56 binocs on a tripod and my son was able to see his first comet. "Wow Dad, the tail is pointing up". I knew he could see it! A great moment to remember.




I just got back in from observing it and I spotted it naked eye, too! It faded in and out at first, then became steady then faded in and out again as it sunk lower in the sky. Yesterday I tried hard to see it naked eye, but couldn't. I'm very pleased to have finally seen it without optical aid.


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Unknownastron
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Mike B.]
      #5735110 - 03/15/13 10:14 PM

It was clear here most of the day but late afternoon some clouds began to form, comet was a no-go here. If forecast is right it will be 2 or 3 days before another good chance. I'll have to depend on the reports here.
Clear skies and clean glass,
Mike


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TxStars
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: droid]
      #5735276 - 03/15/13 11:26 PM Attachment (22 downloads)

Panstarrs is looking good. (3-15-13)

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