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#1 Lada

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Posted 31 October 2019 - 03:21 PM

Below you can find the stack from 2 images from the night of 30./31.10.2019 of the comet C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS):

komt2f2.png

 

and the stack from 8 images:

t2komf_8_average_final.png

 

..and as usual finally the short timelapse:

30-10-2019_t2_010.gif

 

Images were taken by the Atik 320E mono with newtonian 8" f/3,6 á 360s, bin 2x2.


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Posted 31 October 2019 - 04:01 PM

That gif is spectacular. 


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Posted 01 November 2019 - 11:00 AM

Thanks for posting to bring this one attention. I pointed at it last night and came up with this -

 

C2017%20T2%20PanSTARRS%20-%208x120s%20-%


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Posted 01 November 2019 - 11:12 AM

Very nice. Ghostly tail.



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Posted 03 November 2019 - 03:37 PM

Exactly what it looked like in my 20" last week. It was really cool.

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Posted 04 November 2019 - 11:47 AM

For a different look from my refractor and a city driveway:

C/2017 T2 PanSTARRS has been near open clusters M38 (NGC 1912) and NGC 1907 the last couple of nights. While clouds cut my imaging short on November 2nd (UTC), I was able to get four hours of exposures today.

C/2017 T2 PanSTARRS + M38
2019-11-03 - Dardenne Prairie MO
04:32:39 - 08:43:39 UTC
Astro-Tech AT90EDT - SBIG ST-8300M
Luminance: 48x300s binned 1x1

https://www.flickr.c...son/49007743586

 

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Posted 23 November 2019 - 02:58 AM

snuck out to frosty indy corn-less field for snap of this harbinger of death:

 

85mm f3.8 iso1250 1min

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Posted 23 November 2019 - 04:18 PM

Some fantastic images on this thread. Unfortunately for me, this comet doesn't reach high enough above my horizon for observation until 15th July 2020. It should hopefully still be between 9th and 10th magnitude at that time though. Happy viewing folks. 



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Posted 24 November 2019 - 01:32 PM

pleasantly surprised to have consecutive clear nite in Nov.

the lil comet was tough to view thru 8in and 10in reflectors from Indy skies.

here is snap thru 8in.

 

200mm f6.4 iso6400 30sec

 

 

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Posted 25 November 2019 - 09:17 PM

I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to locate Comet C/2017 T2 (PanSTARRS) tonight from the orange-zone Naylor Observatory on a night of mediocre transparency.  I used a 17” f/15 classical Cassegrain at 170, 216, and 259x, with 216x producing the best view.

 

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Posted 25 November 2019 - 11:40 PM

I observed the comet a bit more than an hour later and its change in position was apparent.  The transparency had improved somewhat and Comet T2 PanSTARRS was higher in altitude by then, of course.  I was able to discern an elongation, if not a tail, at 170x.


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Posted 26 November 2019 - 08:51 PM

Good report, Dave.  Much the same as my experience.  The comet is *very* small and the tail is hard to discern, even in darker skies.  I made this sketch from an observation early in the am of the 26th.  Report is here.

 

C_2017_T2_2019.11.26_composite.v1.jpg


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Posted 10 December 2019 - 03:32 AM

At Saturday evening I captured C/2017 T2 (click on image for full size).

2019 12 07 C2017T2 X40

 

ED80, 40x180s, Atik383L+, Baader L.

 

Proper motion animation

2019-12-07-C2017T2-x40-animation.gif


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Posted 14 December 2019 - 01:29 PM

I imaged T2 PanSTARRS in the same FOV as two open clusters, NGC 1528 and NGC 1545. I used Slooh's C3 Astrograph and unfortunetly conditions were not great, lots of moon light.

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Posted 21 December 2019 - 05:00 PM

Finally got around to processing some photos I took on the night of Dec 16.

 

C2017 T2 C9 12-16-19 19fr NonLinear3.jpg


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Posted 22 December 2019 - 01:31 AM

ASH held a member's star party at the orange-zone Naylor Observatory on Saturday night.  We had some tasty food and then began to do some observing.  Unfortunately, the transparency wasn't the best.  However, I did manage to locate Comet C/2017 T2 (PanSTARRS) with the club's 17" f/15 classical Cassegrain and showed it to a number of fellow ASH members at 170x.  The coma was somewhat asymmetric and there was some degree of condensation but a tail was not visible. 


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Posted 24 December 2019 - 11:16 AM

I was able to spot this comet the past two nights in my 12” dob. From my bortle 5/6 zone. Fairly small and dim, but it definitely stood out as a comet.

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Posted 26 December 2019 - 12:07 AM

Tonight (2019 December 25) I was able to see Comet/2017 T2 PanSTARRS with my Celestron-11 XLT on G11 mount w/ Gemini-1. Here's the observation in my logbook for the 28th entry in my Collection of Comets.

 

  • Faint glow of the comet's coma was immediately seen @ 73X next to a 9.6 magnitude star. There was a minute star-like nucleus @ 160X - also seen @ 352X, both using averted vision. A suggestion of a short tail was evident, also with averted vision. Along with a faint (11.8 mag.) star the comet forms a right triangle with 9.6 mag. star. The 11.8 mag. star is at the 90° vertex.

Though not an especially bright comet, it may well get brighter in the coming months.

 

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Posted 26 December 2019 - 12:31 AM

I was at the Naylor Observatory on the evening of December 25th to observe passes of some of the Starlink satellites.  I saw a number of them and a bit later I began observing with the 17" f/15 classical Cassegrain housed in the French Dome.   I looked at asteroid 4 Vesta, Uranus, and a few DSOs and was about to track down Comet PanSTARRS T2 when I noticed that the sky was growing very hazy.  I went outside and most of the western sky had clouded over.  I had expected to have a couple more hours of clear skies but that was not to be.



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Posted 26 December 2019 - 01:14 AM

I was at the Naylor Observatory on the evening of December 25th to observe passes of some of the Starlink satellites.  I saw a number of them and a bit later I began observing with the 17" f/15 classical Cassegrain housed in the French Dome.   I looked at asteroid 4 Vesta, Uranus, and a few DSOs and was about to track down Comet PanSTARRS T2 when I noticed that the sky was growing very hazy.  I went outside and most of the western sky had clouded over.  I had expected to have a couple more hours of clear skies but that was not to be.

Well Dave, you got to see some other interesting objects before the clouds moved in. Comet PanSTARRS will be around for a while, hopefully getting brighter. All we can do is take advantage of whatever opportunities come up. For me it seems like a number things must align - weather, other obligations & my energy level to name the most important. 

 

All the Best,

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Posted 26 December 2019 - 01:44 AM

Rusty,

 

If you haven't seen my previous reports, I've already observed the comet twice.  The transparency was rather good earlier when I was observing the Starlink satellites.  I should have opened up the dome as soon as I was finished doing that.  Instead, I started compiling and posting a report and then used the microwave oven in the observatory's administration building to heat up something to eat.  When I finally opened the dome, I decided to look at 4 Vesta first because observing the comet would have involved resetting the dome shutter.


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Posted 26 December 2019 - 03:14 AM

Rusty,

 

If you haven't seen my previous reports, I've already observed the comet twice. 

Those are interesting reports, Dave. This little comet is brightening and showing a bit more for the visual observer. Of course the imagers are really able to capture a lot more. I have enjoyed the animated images showing how the comet has been moving.



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Posted 21 January 2020 - 10:31 PM

I was out earlier tonight. The comet is getting close to the Double Cluster.

The comet tonight was for me a small fuzz ball that might have hinted at being fan shaped. Probably around magnitude 9.5. No hint of color.
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Posted 23 January 2020 - 08:37 AM

Hello.,I was out last night 1/22 between 6:30+7:30 and viewed PS with my Onesky and an ES14/82 ep.,It was star like but not.,like a star that wouldn't focus.,This was at 46x.,Next clear night I will try my 10" dob with more power to see if any glow appears.,cheers.,

Very nice images here.,thanks for sharing.,



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Posted 23 January 2020 - 12:33 PM

Caught my first look at this Comet last night , quite easy to pick up panning over from the Double Cluster.

Comet stood out nicely, first observed at 125X  -it took more magnification well and best view at 214X

This is with 13" from home (bortle 3ish) in between an occasional passing light haze. Seeing was very good.

 I cloud not determine the direction of any tail , only that Comet was bright diffuse and no obvious color.

 

Hinted at being fan shaped.

Well worth the time to set up for that view alone. Looking forward to more of your images/animations


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