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richsvt
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Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: rdandrea]
      #5759093 - 03/26/13 08:27 PM

Finally, the weather cooperated and I got a view of the comet. Damn cool. I know a little late to the party here but it was cool. Got to share with some neighbors and they seemed delighted.

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rdandrea
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Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: richsvt]
      #5759184 - 03/26/13 09:06 PM

It's never too late when you finally see something you have wanted to see for a while. It's even better that you got to turn other people on to it.

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yashi
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Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: rdandrea]
      #5759550 - 03/27/13 03:55 AM

ive no clue how you guys are able to see it

i tried between 19-20. After that hes probably much to low anyways. But between 19-20 the sky is still so bright i can not even see the Pegasus stars which are right next to the comet and much brighter.


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Mark9473
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Reged: 07/21/05

Loc: 51N 4E
Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: yashi]
      #5759561 - 03/27/13 04:17 AM

In which country are you?

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yashi
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Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: Mark9473]
      #5759666 - 03/27/13 07:33 AM

germany

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Mark9473
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Reged: 07/21/05

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Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: yashi]
      #5759715 - 03/27/13 08:12 AM

Oh well then it should be visible just like here in Belgium. One and a half hours after sunset it is at about 10 altitude in the northwest.

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Erik Bakker
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Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: yashi]
      #5759719 - 03/27/13 08:15 AM Attachment (31 downloads)

Hi Yashi,

You can find the comet easily in a medium size binocular (around 30-40mm) at low power (7-8x) around the top left corner of the great Pegasus square. I did so last evening and made a few pictures as well. The comet is brighter than M31 and once you have found M31, move your bino 1-2 fields to the horizon and you will see PANSTARRS. Best time is between 19.45 and 20.15. The earlier, the higher the comet in the sky, the later the darker the sky background. Go for it, it's wort it.

Edited by Erik Bakker (03/28/13 06:28 AM)


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Erik Bakker
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Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: Erik Bakker]
      #5759724 - 03/27/13 08:17 AM Attachment (33 downloads)

And here is an overview from 2013-3-26 at 20.15 hrs with M31 at the top of the frame and PANSTARRS just behind the top of the trees at lower left. This picture is taken 10 minutes later than the previous one shown above.

You do need a very low and clear horizon view as you can see.


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t.r.
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Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: Erik Bakker]
      #5759761 - 03/27/13 08:42 AM

No joy yet from NY...7x50's. How many degrees away from the sun?

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Mark9473
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Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: t.r.]
      #5759808 - 03/27/13 09:12 AM

This evening the comet is 28 from the Sun, t.r.

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t.r.
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Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: Mark9473]
      #5759890 - 03/27/13 10:00 AM

Thanks.

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DonsDob
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Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: Mark9473]
      #5759892 - 03/27/13 10:03 AM

Although I saw it briefly (for a minute between clouds) a week ago on 3/19, last night 3/26 was the first really clear western horizon in weeks here in CT. Panstarrs was visible thru my 8x56 from about 19:50 to 20:20. It formed the lower point of a triangle with (I think) delta and epsilon Andromeda.

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yashi
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Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: DonsDob]
      #5760658 - 03/27/13 03:51 PM

thanks erik, i will give it another try as soon as possible.

sadly ive got a lot of "low horizon" clouds recently :/


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KennyJ
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Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: yashi]
      #5761073 - 03/27/13 07:10 PM

For some reason it's got to the stage where I'm not sure I even WANT to see this comet now.

To me, it's become a bit like a woman playing a bit TOO hard to get.

Life's too short to waste too much of it chasing something so stubbornly elusive.

If it's going to appear so high in the sky as to become a target TOO easy to see any time soon from our windows or backyard,I'm considering erecting a large canvas sheet or something to block it from view.

Just my way of saying to it " sod you " ! :-)

Kenny


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edwincjones
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Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: KennyJ]
      #5761084 - 03/27/13 07:16 PM

Quote:

For some reason it's got to the stage where I'm not sure I even WANT to see this comet now.

To me, it's become a bit like a woman playing a bit TOO hard to get.

Life's too short to waste too much of it chasing something so stubbornly elusive.

If it's going to appear so high in the sky as to become a target TOO easy to see any time soon from our windows or backyard,I'm considering erecting a large canvas sheet or something to block it from view.

Just my way of saying to it " sod you " ! :-)

Kenny




oh Kenny,
can you not remember the "thrill of the conquest"?
go for it-she's/it's worth it

edj


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hfjacinto
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Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5761372 - 03/27/13 09:41 PM Attachment (13 downloads)

It's dimmed a lot in 2 weeks, it's also not very high. Saw it tonight again but I am not going to try again, it's not that impressive. I used the 15x50mm Canon IS.

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hfjacinto
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Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: hfjacinto]
      #5761373 - 03/27/13 09:41 PM

You can just make it out in the image it in the center. Needed a 15 second exposure to capture it

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Mark9473
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Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: KennyJ]
      #5761762 - 03/28/13 05:59 AM

Quote:

If it's going to appear so high in the sky as to become a target TOO easy to see any time soon from our windows or backyard,I'm considering erecting a large canvas sheet or something to block it from view.

Just my way of saying to it " sod you " ! :-)

Kenny



Don't worry Kenny, it's getting dimmer every day and I can guarantee it will not ruin your dark adaptation. I don't think you could spot it now without some effort even in binoculars.


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Erik Bakker
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Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: Mark9473]
      #5761772 - 03/28/13 06:26 AM Attachment (19 downloads)

Yo guys are making this comet far more difficult to observe than it really is.

Last evening from 19.45 - 20.30 , I observed it easily in my 7x42 bino with a starlike nucleus and a beautiful wide dust tail. I glimpsed it with the naked eye. In the 18x70 bino it was a majestic sight. In the 102 f/8 fluorite at 40x, less tail was visible than in either of the binoculars. In the 16"f/5 at 100x in the 20 N T2 it was absolutely superb.

Included is a 1/2 sec handheld(!) picture I made with my Nikon D300 S, 70-200mm VR II Nikkor working at 200mm, f/2.8 and IS on at ISO 1600.


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steve@37n83.9w
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Reged: 01/20/11

Loc: Kentucky
Re: Looking for PANSTARR new [Re: Erik Bakker]
      #5761900 - 03/28/13 08:21 AM

Quote:

Yo guys are making this comet far more difficult to observe than it really is.

Last evening from 19.45 - 20.30 , I observed it easily in my 7x42 bino with a starlike nucleus and a beautiful wide dust tail. I glimpsed it with the naked eye. In the 18x70 bino it was a majestic sight. In the 102 f/8 fluorite at 40x, less tail was visible than in either of the binoculars. In the 16"f/5 at 100x in the 20 N T2 it was absolutely superb.

Included is a 1/2 sec handheld(!) picture I made with my Nikon D300 S, 70-200mm Nikkor working at 200mm, f/2.8 and IS on at ISO 1600.




Erik

I'm sure sky conditions must be a factor in how difficult Panstarr is to find/view. I observed on two occasions and like you thought it very easily found and a beautiful sight. I used my 7x 42EDG and 12x50 SE the first night and my 8x30 Habicht and 18x70 Astroluxe at my other observing session.

It's a shame that many of our forum members haven't managed this one yet due to bad sky/viewing conditions. I love comets and can't wait for ISON, if it's half as good as expected I can't imagine anyone not being able to see it.

Steve


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