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DSalters
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Reged: 03/03/07

Loc: Missouri
Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) new [Re: TFiebig]
      #5731151 - 03/13/13 09:17 PM

Here in St. Louis (38 degrees N), we finally have clear skies. The comet was at 5 o'clock from moon to horizon. As time went on, it definitely became more visible with the best being nearly at the horizon.

Here are my times:

Local Sunset: 7:07
Found In 10x30 Canon IS binoculars: 7:35
Naked Eye with averted vision: 7:51
Naked Eye without averted vision: 7:55

Hope this helps others farther west tonight still...


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genedalton
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Reged: 12/10/05

Loc: South Louisiana
Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Special Ed]
      #5731153 - 03/13/13 09:20 PM


I just drove a few blocks away for some good western skies. For me it was visible with 15X70's from about 7:45 on and naked eye almost that early. I found it directly under the new moon and about one-fifth the way up from the horizon. GeneD


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siriusandthepup
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Reged: 02/14/06

Loc: Central Texas, USA
Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) new [Re: genedalton]
      #5731188 - 03/13/13 09:40 PM

Wow, a lot of movement since last night.

Comet now directly below the moon. Moved about 3 deg. to the north since last night.

Took me a while to spot it tonight, but lucky to have another clear night.


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stargazer424
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Reged: 10/03/05

Loc: Central NJ
Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) new [Re: siriusandthepup]
      #5731285 - 03/13/13 10:35 PM

So it wound up clearing up and while I didn't see the comet with my own eyes, my camera picked it up! And after some Photoshop enhancement...here it is:

03/13/13 7:46
Canon XT
70 mm
f/11
3.2 sec
ISO-200



I wasn't quite sure where I needed to look. I knew from some charts it was between the moon and the horizon and a little to the right. If it is clear tomorrow I will bring out the telescope to see it closer!


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Bradford W
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Reged: 02/13/13

Loc: League City, TX (29.5N, 95.0W)
Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: stargazer424]
      #5731297 - 03/13/13 10:42 PM Attachment (28 downloads)

Finally hauled my 8" Dob out to the local park and had a look. Looked impressive through the scope at 48x. There were quite a few other people set up with cameras and binoculars. Some of them were expecting to be able to see it naked eye based on news reports, but at least they were able to see it through the 'scope. I never did see it with the naked eye. It was fairly hazy tonight, however.

Attached picture - 3/13 8:22pm, Canon Rebel T3i at 250mm, ISO 1600, f/16, 4 seconds, resized.


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Bradford W
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Reged: 02/13/13

Loc: League City, TX (29.5N, 95.0W)
Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Bradford W]
      #5731298 - 03/13/13 10:43 PM Attachment (30 downloads)

My best one with both the moon and the comet - 3/13 8:17pm, Canon Rebel T3i at 55mm, ISO 100, f/4, 6 seconds, resized.

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EdTheEdge
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Reged: 04/10/09

Loc: Lomita, CA
Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Tonk]
      #5731328 - 03/13/13 10:59 PM

I observed Comet Panstarrs this evening from Lomita, CA with my 12X60 binos! It was much larger and brighter than I expected! The moon was sweet too!

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BillFerris
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Loc: Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Bradford W]
      #5731335 - 03/13/13 11:06 PM

Lovely image, Bradford! Thanks for sharing. - Bill in Flag

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Larry F
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Reged: 05/24/04

Loc: Westchester, NY
Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: EdTheEdge]
      #5731336 - 03/13/13 11:07 PM Attachment (29 downloads)

The weather report in the NY area was dreadful, so instead of bringing my stuff to work, where I have a nice view due west across the Hudson River from a high spot, I went home, only to find the sky clearing at sunset. So I drove over to a playing field in Scarsdale, NY and managed to see it in binoculars. Got a few shots with a Canon T3i, 200 mm lens. Note the elegant utility lines.

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tim53
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Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: BillFerris]
      #5731338 - 03/13/13 11:08 PM

I saw it!

No pics, but I did get a nice view of the comet about to set just about 3 degrees north along the horizon from the dome at Griffith Observatory, which is 4 miles from me. Viewed through a vintage pair of Sans and Streiffe 7x35mm binoculars.

-Tim.


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zee
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Reged: 07/04/07

Loc: Arizona (varies)
Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Bradford W]
      #5731346 - 03/13/13 11:17 PM

A pretty good night for it in southern AZ. Took awhile to find it with bincos right of and below the moon, but by 6:50 local time I had it just where the orange color of sunset met the deep blue of encroaching night. I and my four neighbors watched it for 50 minutes. (I also got them to look at Jupiter, Ganymede, the Pleiades, and the Orion Nebula while we were out.) In probably the best conditions so far for viewing, the head was bright/distinct and the tail(s?) a wide fan; at one moment of transparency, the tail seemed to be well over a degree long but mostly it looked shorter. I'm in the desert, and it was windy and very hot today, so there's a thin haze of sand particles that makes the sky within 10 degrees of horizon less than transparent. As PANSTARRS set, again the whole comet turned red in that haze. Last night, the zodiacal light was strong and helped the comet fade sooner; tonight, less so. Couple of meteors, too, in Fornax, so it was a real astronomy smorgasbord this evening.

Edit: yes, a naked eye comet twenty minutes after spotting it in binocs. One guy saw the tail naked eye.


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Tom Laskowski
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Reged: 04/28/08

Loc: South Bend, Indiana, USA
Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: zee]
      #5731398 - 03/13/13 11:48 PM

Drove over to the Notre Dame campus where I had a very good western horizon. Picked it up in 10x50s in a beautifully clear sky. Probably won't get to see it for a while after tonight since the wx is to get back to out normal dreary overcast again.

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WStewart
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Reged: 11/02/05

Loc: Dallas, TX
Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Tom Laskowski]
      #5731402 - 03/13/13 11:51 PM Attachment (20 downloads)

I got out a little too late this evening to get a decent view...the comet was deep in horizon muck. Oh well...

This pic is from last night.

Nikon D5100, 55-200 zoom shot at 200mm.
ISO 400, 2.5 sec @f/6.3

Bigger version here .


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Unknownastron
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Loc: CatsEye Observatory,Rural Sout...
Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: zee]
      #5731414 - 03/13/13 11:55 PM

I saw it for the third night in a row though last night was in between low clouds and not worth a report. Tonight my wife saw it for the first time and remarked this looked like a "dirty comet". We had the best view through 20x80 binos but also looked at it in a TeleVue Oracle (3-in. refractor) at up to x45 but the small scope did not provide the light grasp and it looked better in the binos. We also saw it clearly in 10x50 binos, where it was distinct but small. For the first time I am wishing I had binos with more magnification. Tonight the tail did point more straight up relative to the horizon and appeared to curve very little. The head still stellar. We both agreed there was a definite yellowish tint to both head and tail and no blue or green. Neither of us could see it naked eye.
It is great to get all these wonderful images and descriptions from all over the world. Congrats and thanks to all the photographers and observers out there.
Clear skies and clean glass,
Mike


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Jay
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Reged: 09/01/06

Loc: Southern California
Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: zee]
      #5731419 - 03/14/13 12:01 AM Attachment (24 downloads)

From the strip mall parking lot of my daughters Karate class in Lake Forest. Well, it's a record of the event I suppose

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Edward E
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Reged: 03/26/06

Loc: Tucson, Arizona
Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Jay]
      #5731442 - 03/14/13 12:19 AM Attachment (21 downloads)

Very nice photo Jay.

I was able to see the comet very clearly tonight with out optical aid starting @ 02:10 UT. Seeing was very good, transparency was excellent and there were no clouds, contrails or wind. The pseudo-nucleus was very bright; I was able to see ~ 1/4 degree of the tail. I would estimate the nucleus to be -0.5 mag. The best view was at 02:20 UT when the sky darkened more but the Comet was still "high" above the horizon. I did not have to go to my usual observing spot tonight. I was able to observe and CCD the Comet from my front yard. Looks like PanSTARRs will "pan-out" after all.
Here are my shots of PanSTARRS from this evening:

Canon PowerShot SX220i, 2 second exposure, iso-400.

Edited by Edward E (03/14/13 12:25 AM)


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Edward E
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Reged: 03/26/06

Loc: Tucson, Arizona
Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Edward E]
      #5731447 - 03/14/13 12:22 AM Attachment (23 downloads)

and the comet above a palm tree:

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labmand
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Reged: 02/08/11

Loc: Michigan USA
Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Edward E]
      #5731470 - 03/14/13 12:39 AM

Got a quick peek of Panstarrs tonight from the Shores of Lake michigan, windy and cold, no naked eye, but easy in
12x42 binoculars and small 60mm refractor.


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Dan Finnerty
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Reged: 09/11/11

Loc: Pasadena, CA
Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: labmand]
      #5731494 - 03/14/13 01:09 AM Attachment (16 downloads)

Posted this elsewhere, but this is such a nice thread I thought I'd add mine:

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Dan Finnerty
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Reged: 09/11/11

Loc: Pasadena, CA
Re: Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) [Re: Dan Finnerty]
      #5731496 - 03/14/13 01:10 AM Attachment (19 downloads)

I think I like this one better:

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