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 Post subject: Re: Comet Panstarrs
PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:02 pm 
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If I see that tonight David I'll be well pleased.


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 Post subject: Re: Comet Panstarrs
PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:56 pm 
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Starry Night prediction for tonight (13th March)


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 Post subject: Re: Comet Panstarrs
PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:50 pm 
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Spent an hour and just got back about 1/2 hr ago trying to find the comet but of course it was clear everywere except where the comet was located. A ribbon of cloud persisted throughout.
As the days pass will it be harder to view?


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 Post subject: Re: Comet Panstarrs
PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:46 pm 
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PMiskiw wrote:
As the days pass will it be harder to view?

Not necessarily - it will get dimmer as it moves away from the Sun, but then we'll be able to see it against a darker background...


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 Post subject: Re: Comet Panstarrs
PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:49 pm 
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I could see the bank of dark clouds (or was it black smoke, drifting over from the Vatican?), so didn't manage to see it from Bolton. :cry:

However Steve Read saw it from the fells near Lancaster:
http://www.boltonastro.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=494
and Dave Walker actually managed to image it from Billinge Hill:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thedavewalker/8556569886/

And my friend Dave Jennings spotted it from Bristol:
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I observed it between about 7.10pm and 7.40pm through a Velux window.
It was getting pretty low in the sky at the end of this period and was also dropping towards a line of trees on the near horizon.
The sky was darkening but still fairly bright. It was a little further from the moon than I was expecting (below and to the East).
I was using a pair of 20x80 binos (3.3 degree FoV) and it was very easy to spot. My neighbour had a smaller pair (12x50 I would say) and could also see it without problem.
It's a bit tricky to estimate the size from memory but the tail was probably about 70% of the diameter of the Moon, and looked quite broad with a definite curve.
Dave lives at the top of Dundry Hill (around 700ft), just south of Bristol.

It doesn't look like the weather will permit any more viewing up here for a few nights, so well done to all who managed to catch it last night.


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 Post subject: Re: Comet Panstarrs
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 12:12 pm 
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Starry Night prediction for 7:00pm tonight. We've got to be lucky one night - surely?


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 Post subject: Re: Comet Panstarrs
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 11:33 am 
This is what I thought was the comet earlier this week.......above blackpool tower ..... it is becoming obvious that me and comets dont agree with each other !!
Because for a start...... its going the wrong way !! :? :x
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 Post subject: Re: Comet Panstarrs
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 11:51 am 
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Good try :o

At least your out and having a go, I have found a few locations which might be OK for viewing, just waiting for a clear evening again, fingers crossed :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: Comet Panstarrs
PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:28 pm 
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Starry Night prediction for tonight (18th March) at 7:00pm.
It must be clear tonight.


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 Post subject: Re: Comet Panstarrs
PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:38 pm 
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David you keep getting our hopes up with the pictures, lets face facts we are cursed with cloudy skies forever more.


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