Comet Panstarrs

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justanotherpete
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Comet Panstarrs

Postby justanotherpete » 08 Mar 2013, 22:46

There's a possibility (according to metcheck) of a clear slot around 6pm on Sunday 10th, so I'm going to head down to the main carpark on the seafront at Limekilns with bins and camera on the off chance that Comet Panstarrs is visible.
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It's following the sun (about 15 degrees behind) and will only be around 7 degrees above the horizon after the sun has set at about 18:09; magnitude is listed as 0.53 in Starry Night.
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10/3/2013 - Attempt 1 - No joy this time, the clear slot blew through early followed by a hail squall and the western horizon never cleared after that, so maybe next time.
11/3/2013 - Attempt 2 - Paul and I stood watch after the sun had set, western horizon much clearer than last night but high thin cloud to the west still obscured the crucial area so no visual sighting as yet. Paul took several pictures giving a slim possibility that it might show up on one of those.
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pbholmes
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Re: Comet Panstarrs

Postby pbholmes » 11 Mar 2013, 18:32

I'll be going along about 6pm tonight (Mon 11th) and possibly tomorrow too.
Weather looks possibly halfway encouraging.

P.

Opel star
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Re: Comet Panstarrs

Postby Opel star » 13 Mar 2013, 22:45

Success :D .Went to the carpark at 7 tonight and managed to see comet panstarr with the binoculars,it was alot bigger and brighter than I thought it was going to be.It was a similar size to the moon,It had a long wide fan tail.I tried to get a pic with the scope but a big black cloud decided to cover it for the next half an hour :cry: I will be watching the weather report over the next few days for the next photo opertunity!
Hopefully clear skies
Chris

justanotherpete
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Re: Comet Panstarrs

Postby justanotherpete » 13 Mar 2013, 23:42

Congrats :)

Darren Henderson
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Re: Comet Panstarrs

Postby Darren Henderson » 14 Mar 2013, 19:48

Managed to get a view glimpses of Comet Panstarrs myself last night through binoculars. It is quiet big with a visable tail. Unfortunately no pictures due to that same black cloud!!

justanotherpete
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Re: Comet Panstarrs

Postby justanotherpete » 16 Mar 2013, 00:19

Success too! A really nice evening with only a little cloud in the west, Chris, Paul, Geoff and I all managed to see the comet tonight along with a number of other local people who dropped by for a chat and a look through the assembled binoculars. Chris and Paul managed to get some pictures which they'll hopefully be able to show at the next meeting (no pressure guys :wink:).

pbholmes
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Re: Comet Panstarrs

Postby pbholmes » 16 Mar 2013, 11:55

Well, here it is.
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Pan Starrs over Limekilns
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Radge Badger
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Re: Comet Panstarrs

Postby Radge Badger » 17 Mar 2013, 07:42

Congratulations guys, your perseverance paid off.
"Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another."
-- Plato (427-347 B.C.)

Opel star
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Re: Comet Panstarrs

Postby Opel star » 17 Mar 2013, 12:05

Comet Panstarr over Fife photographed with a DSLR at iso 800 with no magnification attached to a 6" newtonian.This is the first comet I have seen and I am very happy to get a few pics off it :D The top picture has a 5 second exposure hence the longer shape.

Chris
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Alderney99
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Re: Comet Panstarrs

Postby Alderney99 » 19 Mar 2013, 10:39

Drat! :(

Knew comet was becoming visible in the Northern Hemisphere, but didn't know there were observing attempts by the club.
Only got to hear from the Missus because one of her colleagues saw the "cluster of astronomers" (good collective noun? :D )
and he had gone over to nos-y - and appreciated getting to see the comet through the scopes.

Any chance of a "flash mob alert" if further attempts ?

Also - the top road beside Orrock Quarry, up from the loch back road, has a fine westward vista, and the light pollution is low down, and the hills/mountains to the west are low-ish profile. Could be a further vantage point.

...provided the Artic snows return to where they belong!

Excellent pics though!

IJ


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