Comet Panstarrs

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Re: Comet Panstarrs

#11 Post by PMiskiw » Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:02 pm

If I see that tonight David I'll be well pleased.

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#12 Post by DRatledge » Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:56 pm

Starry Night prediction for tonight (13th March)
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#13 Post by PMiskiw » Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:50 pm

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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#14 Post by rwilkinson » Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:46 pm

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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#15 Post by rwilkinson » Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:49 pm

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/vie ... 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:
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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#16 Post by DRatledge » Fri Mar 15, 2013 12:12 pm

Starry Night prediction for 7:00pm tonight. We've got to be lucky one night - surely?
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#17 Post by dean_kos » 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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#18 Post by bbones » Sat Mar 16, 2013 11:51 am

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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#19 Post by DRatledge » Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:28 pm

Starry Night prediction for tonight (18th March) at 7:00pm.
It must be clear tonight.
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Re: Comet Panstarrs

#20 Post by PMiskiw » Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:38 pm

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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