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PitchHitter
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Reged: 09/23/09

Loc: Southern Sierras
Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: PitchHitter]
      #5728004 - 03/12/13 12:09 PM

Was disappointed last night. Om the 10th Panstarrs was quite bright and looked like a neon √ but even though last night was even clearer Panstarrs looked more like a horseshoe crab and a bit duller too! Still has a very bright coma but too small to be seen well unaided. Possibly some of the problem is it has moved into some of the strongest Zodiacal light I have seen.

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Mark9473
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Reged: 07/21/05

Loc: 51N 4E
Re: Looking for PanSTARRS new [Re: PitchHitter]
      #5728338 - 03/12/13 02:56 PM

Saw the comet tonight together with my son. The 24 hour old Moon was a very convenient guidepost and was itself a quite nice sight, a very thin line, not yet a half circle. Picked up the comet in my 8x42 binoculars about 45 minutes after sunset. It looked like a very bright point with a coma and a tail extending to the upper left. The 15x60 gave a better view but didn't really show any more detail. My son used his 7x35 and saw it well. I didn't expect the comet to be so tiny.

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KennyJ
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Reged: 04/27/03

Loc: Lancashire UK
Re: Looking for PanSTARRS new [Re: Mark9473]
      #5728645 - 03/12/13 05:28 PM

Kudos to you,Mark!

I'd no idea it would be even visible yet from so far north!

Kenny


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Mark9473
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Reged: 07/21/05

Loc: 51N 4E
Re: Looking for PanSTARRS new [Re: KennyJ]
      #5728683 - 03/12/13 05:43 PM

Try to spot it tomorrow evening, Kenny. It will be halfway between the Moon and the horizon. Here's a link to an image taken today from Northern Ireland. It may take a second or two to spot the comet.
http://spaceweather.com/gallery/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=77693


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KennyJ
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Re: Looking for PanSTARRS new [Re: Mark9473]
      #5728709 - 03/12/13 06:01 PM

Thanks for that,Mark.

Last night was VERY clear just after sunset.

Inspired by your sighting,I rushed out to check the western horizon tonight an hour after sunset, and of course,typically, it was too cloudy to even see any sign of the setting moon!

Kenny


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Mark9473
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Re: Looking for PanSTARRS new [Re: KennyJ]
      #5728725 - 03/12/13 06:13 PM

Too bad, Kenny. Don't give up yet, the comet will be there for a while. It will be better placed later this month, but fainter.

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Paul G
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Reged: 05/08/03

Loc: Freedonia
Re: Looking for PanSTARRS new [Re: Mark9473]
      #5728938 - 03/12/13 08:35 PM

Finally got it tonight through a lot of haze, 10x42's.

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KeithC
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Reged: 08/23/06

Loc: Atlanta GA
Re: Looking for PanSTARRS new [Re: Paul G]
      #5728966 - 03/12/13 08:52 PM

Finally got a view of it in 1/2 of a 10x50. I live on the eastern side of Metro Atlanta so the comet is setting into a white zone and it was very faint. Impossible to see without optics.

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edwincjones
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Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5729014 - 03/12/13 09:13 PM

Quote:

I saw it, maybe, or at lest something
west at 260 degrees, maybe 2-3 degrees above the horizon,
1/4-1/2 degree long- oblong,
with 8x56 zeiss dialyts
may have been the comet,
maybe reflection,
maybe averted imagination
7:30-40 CDT or 00:30-40UT

maybe

will try to confirm in the next few days/weeks

edj





Got it tonight in 8x56s
Bright core, fan tail approximately 1/8 degree long
about 4 degrees left of beautiful thin moon
seeing poor close to horizon
looking forward to better seeing

in retrospect, above post doubtful

edj


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aa5te
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Reged: 08/30/08

Loc: Clinton, TN
Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5729042 - 03/12/13 09:21 PM Attachment (33 downloads)

I located it in 10x50s just a few minutes before it dipped below the hills. The nucleus was bright and "twinkly" in the 10x50s and 25x100s. I took a 64 second exposure of it at ISO200:

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aa5te
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Reged: 08/30/08

Loc: Clinton, TN
Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: aa5te]
      #5729045 - 03/12/13 09:22 PM Attachment (31 downloads)

Color adjusted to sort of show the tail better:

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Don Taylor
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Reged: 07/12/09

Loc: South TEXAS
Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: aa5te]
      #5729078 - 03/12/13 09:38 PM

Got it tonight with my 25 year old Steiner 7x50's. Had some bands of high clouds that would cause it to wink in and out. Obvious nucleus and maybe 1/2 to 1 degree tail tipped about 20 deg to the south. The western horizon here is over downtown abt 7 miles away and the worst direction for light pollution.

Still, a very pleasing view!

I'll try tomorrow evening with the Pentax 20x60s.

Edited by Don Taylor (03/12/13 09:40 PM)


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SMark
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Reged: 08/29/11

Loc: Atlanta, GA USA
Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: Don Taylor]
      #5729090 - 03/12/13 09:47 PM

Found it right away tonight with my 16x80 and my 25x100. It was super clear so by the time it set the tail was quite extended. Quite a grand sight, and I'm looking forward to tomorrow...

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gwd
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Reged: 08/27/11

Loc: DC
Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: SMark]
      #5729365 - 03/12/13 11:36 PM

Tonight 2013-03-12. It was easy to see in 10x50 binocs from DC near the zoo. Very comet like. 20x would have been better but the 10x50s showed the tail. Reminded me of watching rocket launches from cape Canaveral. It looked like the point after one stage falls away and the next stage just kicks in, when the rocket is too far away to see but the blast isn't. Except this comet wasn't moving as a rocket does.

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hallelujah
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Reged: 07/14/06

Loc: North Star over Colorado
Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: gwd]
      #5729433 - 03/13/13 12:20 AM

http://cs.astronomy.com/asy/astro_imaging/f/38/t/56615.aspx

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edwincjones
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Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: Don Taylor]
      #5729737 - 03/13/13 06:23 AM

Quote:

Got it tonight with my 25 year old Steiner 7x50's.
.....................................................................................
Still, a very pleasing view





yes it is-very pleasing

edj


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RichD
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Reged: 11/08/07

Loc: Derbyshire, UK
Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5729748 - 03/13/13 06:39 AM

lovely and clear here today in the land of clouds - hoping it holds into the evening.,..

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Jon Isaacs
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Reged: 06/16/04

Loc: San Diego and Boulevard, CA
Re: Looking for PANSTARR [Re: RichD]
      #5729884 - 03/13/13 09:00 AM

Quote:

lovely and clear here today in the land of clouds - hoping it holds into the evening.,..






It's moving north and looking better and better each night.

Jon


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George Methvin
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Reged: 01/30/06

Loc: Central Texas
Re: Looking for PANSTARR [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5729903 - 03/13/13 09:11 AM

Saw panstarr last night very faint, had to have binos if you wanted to see it, not really a naked eye object. I viewed it throught my 10x50 bino and 20x80 bino which give nice views. Also viewed it through a 8 inch Meade sct which give a very nice view. Will try again to night with my Eon 120 ed refractor.

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ErixAdministrator
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Reged: 12/25/04

Loc: Texas, USA
Re: Looking for PANSTARR [Re: George Methvin]
      #5730529 - 03/13/13 03:12 PM

I finally had success last night, thanks to the Moon as a reference point. After observing the comet with my 15x70s, I was able to see it sans the tail with unaided eye.

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