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 Post subject: Re: Comet Panstarrs
PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:03 pm 
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Nothing like that here, just clouds as normal :(


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 Post subject: The early bird catches the comet
PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 5:19 pm 
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Yes, I have managed to see the comet at last! :D
Although it was cloudy last night, I happened to wake around 4am and spotted that the sky was clear to the NE. I could just see the Square of Pegasus rising over the trees, and close to Pi Andromedae I could clearly see the comet against the pre-dawn sky with my 40 year-old 10x50 binoculars. I reckon that it was around fifth magnitude - worth getting up for (although I must confess that I was observing from indoors , through the double-glazing!).

But with the clocks going forward onto BST tonight, you won't need to get up until 5am if you want to have a look yourselves...


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 Post subject: Re: Comet Panstarrs
PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 10:20 am 
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Well done Ross one more to your list ;)


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 Post subject: Re: The early bird catches the comet
PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:01 pm 
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rwilkinson wrote:
But with the clocks going forward onto BST tonight, you won't need to get up until 5am if you want to have a look yourselves...


Well I did just that - only the second time I've got out of bed in the middle of the night to do some observing (the other time being the Saturn occultation).
I didn't manage to focus the camera (BAS 300D) very well, but still captured it in the morning twilight:


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File comment: Comet PanSTARRS at 5:30am on Easter Sunday. 10x 15-sec with 50mm lens - and a lot of gradient removal in IRIS!
The M31 galaxy can be seen near the top of the frame.

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 Post subject: Re: Comet Panstarrs
PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:30 pm 
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Looks good to me Ross not managed to see it yet. Fingers crossed hope to catch a glimps soon


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 Post subject: Re: Comet Panstarrs
PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 2:45 pm 
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Having sussed out the focus, I managed a better result yesterday morning (2-Apr):
http://www.boltonastro.co.uk/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=1203&fullsize=1


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 Post subject: Re: Comet Panstarrs
PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 7:18 pm 
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If it stays clear tonight, the comet should still be visible - now in Cassiopeia:
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Ought to be easy enough to find!


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 Post subject: Re: Comet Panstarrs
PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 6:40 am 
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rwilkinson wrote:
Ought to be easy enough to find!

Well, it was easy enough to star-hop to its position, but actually seeing it was a different matter! It's a couple of magnitudes fainter than when we saw it at the start of the month, and even though it's now circumpolar (visible all night) it's still low in the sky.
I couldn't see it with my 7x50 binoculars, but it was still visible on 60-sec images taken with my 8" f/6.3 system.
http://www.boltonastro.co.uk/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=1218&fullsize=1


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 Post subject: Re: Comet Panstarrs - still visible in July!
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:33 pm 
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I managed to catch the comet (now in Draco) again last night, using the Bradford Robotic Telescope:
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I'd only requested this target yesterday, and it was done the same night (perhaps because it's high in the sky at the moment).

The faint elongated blob just to the West of the comet is 12th magnitude galaxy NGC 5667, and 11th magnitude NGC 5678 can be seen to the South, near the bottom of the frame.


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 Post subject: Re: Comet Panstarrs - still visible in August
PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:46 am 
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It's now in Bootes.
Yesterday I requested an image from the BRT, choosing RADEC co-ordinates which would keep the comet in the field of view of their Cluster Camera for a few nights. In fact my image was taken last night - so the comet was near to the top edge of the field.
It's quite faint, but the tail is still visible on this 2-min exposure (with a 180mm f/2.8 lens):
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File comment: BRT Cluster Camera view from 7-Aug. The nearby bright star is 39 Bootes.
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