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RolandosCY
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: drbyyz]
      #5715743 - 03/06/13 01:46 AM

Has anyone spotted it in the evening twilight yet from northern latitudes? No luck yet at 35N...

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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: drbyyz]
      #5715899 - 03/06/13 07:16 AM

I hope we get to see this comet here in Michigan. It has been cloudy almost everyday and night for 6 weeks plus.

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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: RolandosCY]
      #5715930 - 03/06/13 08:11 AM

Sighting report posted on the S&T PanSTARRS page by Al Sunni:

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I may be the first to spot Comet PanStarrs in northern hemisphere Tuesday 5th from latidude 15+ KHARTOUM, SUDAN. It was about 3 degrees above local horizon at about 7:25 PM Local Time after sunset but it was faint to see details because of poor seeing it was 17 southwest of the sun and I suggest its mag to be 1+.




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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Yaar]
      #5715933 - 03/06/13 08:14 AM

Another later sighting report by Rich Jones posted on the same page:

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Tampa Bay Area Fla, USA, 27d55m Lat N; 82d42m Long W; Tues evening 05 March 2013 at 06:45 EST (11:45 UTC). Sky was crystal clear, local sunset at 06:32 EST. Observed Comet PanSTARRS in western sky with naked eye. Surprisingly bright. Approx 10d above twilight horizon. Great sight with 10x50 binoculars. Comet color appeared golden in the evening twilight conditions. Tail was well developed & Vee-shaped with bottom of Vee pointed toward sun. No problem seeing with naked eye even in bright twilight. Estimate 1st magnitude or brighter. Sky & tel location info a great assist, Thanks!!




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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: OldDeadOne]
      #5716010 - 03/06/13 09:15 AM

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A corrected one needs to be made for stellarium...or what do I need to replace to make it correct?




Bert, I'm not sure I understand your question. I've had PanStarrs in my Stellarium for quite some time.


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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Yaar]
      #5716012 - 03/06/13 09:16 AM

Yukky weather here in RI since Christmas....hoping for next week!!!!

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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: RobertED]
      #5716086 - 03/06/13 10:01 AM

I've not seen anything yes, but like norton67 we've been almost entirely cloudy for the last 5 weeks or so here near Chicago. I had one clear night a few days ago, but it wasn't really clear in the evening hours. Skies are SUPPOSED to be only "partly cloudy" for the next several days, but whether that means clear to the west at sunset is another matter altogether.

I made some daily "here's where the comet is at exactly 30 minutes past sunset" charts to help both photographers (and me!) find the comet's location every day. So far I just have March 10 through 17 up, but I'll be posting graphics for it's location through early April, as the comet, though fading in magnitude, will be near M31 once it gains a bit of elevation and moves more northward.

http://eyesonthesky.com/Blog/CometPANSTARRS.aspx

(I also made that page to contain lots of caveats about seeing it in sunlight/twilight, as many press reports seem to suggest that a 1st magnitude object is "spectacular" or "dazzling" in twilight. Having viewed Mercury many times at dusk, my caution is to simply lower expectations as I don't believe this comet will reach Hale-Bopp-type visibility. So take my caution written on that page with a grain of salt if you're used to comet observing like this - it's meant to manage what people can expect to see. And I'd much rather be wrong about it appearing dim or hard-to-see than suggesting to the general public that it looks really, really bright.)


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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: magic612]
      #5716329 - 03/06/13 12:50 PM

Here's some awesome footage of C/2011 L4 with low-light cameras, both wide-angle and through a 10" reflector, from the Northern Tablelands of Australia:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xvILkuznQ0

Clear Skies,
Phil


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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Phillip Creed]
      #5716372 - 03/06/13 01:18 PM


Thank you Dave!

Mike


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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: MDB]
      #5716510 - 03/06/13 02:15 PM

I am ridiculously excited about seeing this. I will be downtown Toronto on the 14, so no chance of seeing it then - need to hope for a couple of clear nights on the 12th or 13th...

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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: RolandosCY]
      #5716624 - 03/06/13 03:10 PM

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Has anyone spotted it in the evening twilight yet from northern latitudes? No luck yet at 35N...




CN member PrestonE reported seeing it at 6:50 p.m. on March 4 from an altitude of 6,000 feeet in Mexico (21 degrees north).

http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Board/genobs/Number...

Dave Mitsky


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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: RolandosCY]
      #5716938 - 03/06/13 05:49 PM

I tried last night (3/5/13) with a pair of Celestron 15x70 binoculars, but I was unable to spot it. (I'm at 30 degrees N. Latitude.) There was too much murk and clouds on the horizon. I will try again tonight with the bino's, since it is much clearer today. Plus, I have an old CG3 mount w/clockdrive and my camera mounted on it that I plan on using to take some images. I might get lucky.

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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Mike B.]
      #5717059 - 03/06/13 06:54 PM

Just saw it tonight at 6:30 pm in NC. Very bright and naked eye for sure! Binoculras showed a streak, so no star. Only about 5-10* over the horizon and visible for about 15 min. before it sank. Looks really promising:)

Bob


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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Mike B.]
      #5717165 - 03/06/13 08:01 PM

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I tried last night (3/5/13) with a pair of Celestron 15x70 binoculars, but I was unable to spot it. (I'm at 30 degrees N. Latitude.) There was too much murk and clouds on the horizon. I will try again tonight with the bino's, since it is much clearer today. Plus, I have an old CG3 mount w/clockdrive and my camera mounted on it that I plan on using to take some images. I might get lucky.




Good luck Mike. I found a clear open view to the west on the way home from work last night at an abandoned road that dead ends into an open field. I can see the california coast mountains heading toward the bay area maybe 60 miles away. Im carrying my new 25 x 100 Orbies with me every evening now in hopes to catch an early glimpse and this weekend plan to set up my 180mm F/6 APM scope out there with my 41 pan and 2" swan band filter. Its show time!

...Ralph


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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: REC]
      #5717244 - 03/06/13 08:45 PM

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Just saw it tonight at 6:30 pm in NC.




Thanks for the heads-up Bob. Looks like I might have a shot at it this Friday.


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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) new [Re: RolandosCY]
      #5717628 - 03/07/13 01:32 AM

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Has anyone spotted it in the evening twilight yet from northern latitudes? No luck yet at 35N...




Was attempting just that yesyerday evening with those crystal clear conditions we had. No luck! Will attempt again today if conditions hold!


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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5717938 - 03/07/13 08:58 AM

Hi Everyone,

I attempted for the past 2 evenings, but clouds and haze to the west prevented seeing it again.

From my seeing notes and with the clear skys this morning I am hopeful for this evening.

I am at 20 d 53.572 and 100 d 45.962 at 1904 meters elevation with a totally clear view across our lake...

Will post again this evening.

Very Best Regards,

Preston


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Ben B
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: RolandosCY]
      #5717957 - 03/07/13 09:13 AM

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Has anyone spotted it in the evening twilight yet from northern latitudes? No luck yet at 35N...




I originally posted this in another thread, but I had no problem finding it from 33 N during March 6's twilight. I snagged a couple of pictures with my point-and-shoot camera and posted them online at http://www.flickr.com/photos/benbrowning/sets/72157632937591972/.

To see it I ended up using a topographical map to find a local ridge about 35 minutes away from my house. But, after seeing how high it was when first visible (almost 4 degrees above the horizon) I'm fairly certain I could have seen it from the top of a parking garage in our little downtown square.

Weather permitting I plan to take my 80mm refractor to the parking garage tonight and grab some better pictures.


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RolandosCY
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Foehammer]
      #5717984 - 03/07/13 09:32 AM

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Quote:

Has anyone spotted it in the evening twilight yet from northern latitudes? No luck yet at 35N...




Was attempting just that yesyerday evening with those crystal clear conditions we had. No luck! Will attempt again today if conditions hold!



Depending from where you searched, it should had been visible. I tried from the roof at Acropolis through openings between the tall buildings (no time to go outside Nicosia). At 18.01 I could spot stars of magnitude 3 with my 15x70s, but I believe the comet was hidden behind the Pahit-ice court. Maybe we'll get an opening in the clouds tomorrow, as Saturday is again [predicted cloudy.


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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Ben B]
      #5718007 - 03/07/13 09:46 AM

Ben, I'm at bit perplexed by your posted images of PanSTARRS from last evening. From the images the apparent direction of the tail is contrary to what it should have been. In your images the "tail" seems inclined decidedly toward the northwest at perhaps a 45 degree angle (to the image's right). The calculated direction for the tail last evening should have had it pointing toward the southwest at about a low 30-40 degree angle (toward the image's left). Did you happen to follow the object long enough to clearly see that it shared in the diurnal rotation of the sky?

I would be very interested to see if you can spot and image the comet this evening and get the same appearance.

BrooksObs

Edited by BrooksObs (03/07/13 09:48 AM)


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