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  1. Comet C/2011 L4 PanSTARRS from Lindean near Selkirk on Saturday 20th April. As Comet PanSTARRS slowly fades it is now possible to get more detail within nucleus as in this image tracking on the comet itself. Had the telescope been guiding on the stars at sidereal rate as usual then the stars would be round but the comet would leave a trail the same length as any star trails in this image, so in this 25min exposure the comet has moved the apparent length of the star trails. 5" Takahashi Refractor (guiding on comet nucleus) Canon 60Da iso 800 x5 300sec exposure with extender. No Flat Frames No Dark Frames (Quick & Dirty) C2011 L4 PanSTARRS - Nucleus Of A Comet by mikeyscope, on Flickr
  2. The first clear sky at home for nearly a month, I finally took my chance to view comet PanSTARRS. In binoculars it appeared more condensed than nearby M31 and the tail seemed quite short and wide, to the North. Not satisfied, I turned the scope on to it. Wow! A much clearer view. The comet looked quite stellar but more of the tail was visible and looked a very fine sight. I also had a look at M44 whilst deciding what to look for around Leo. My next target was Sextans, just to the South of Leo. The galactic pair NGC 3166 and NGC 3169 were quite easy to find to the South of 19 Sextantis and were quite simiilar in appearance, easy to see in the 8mm eyepiece with averted vision. With one eye on the clock (and not staying out too late due to an early start Tuesday), my final new targets were NGC 2964 and NGC 2968 in the North of Leo. The former was a struggle to see, despite being quite easy to locate. The latter proved too feint. Tonight looks promising, so hopefully there will be more to add later. ____________________________________________________________ Observing Session: Monday 1st April 2013, 20:45 hrs to 22:00 hrs BST VLM at Zenith: 5.2 New - Revisited - Failed
  3. Comet C2011 L4 PANSTARRS from Kelso on Saturday 30th March. The green colour around the comet nucleus can be caused by the release of chemical compounds such as Cyanogen (CN), Diatomic Carbon (C2) ...& Amidogen (NH2). 5" Takahashi Refractor Pentax K5 iso 800 x1 120sec exposure with extender. No Flat Frames No Dark Frames (Quick & Dirty) Comet C2011 L4 PanSTARRS from Kelso by mikeyscope, on Flickr
  4. Last night I imaged PanSTARRS for the first time, having seen it with the naked eye about 6 weeks ago (at SGL8). The hint of the adjacent NGC 7822 is just a bonus really! 30x120s ISO800, 450d 150PDS
  5. Does anyone have any thoughts on the observing prospects for Comet Panstarrs (2014 Q1) next month? Magnitude readings are pretty impressive while its in transit but its elongation is looking tricky for us Northern hemisphere folk.
  6. Managed a couple of wide landscape style shots of the comet the other day, but Clear(ish) skies tonight towards the western horizon warranted a trip all the way to the bottom of the garden with a 400mm lens. The results are ok, but just pleased to get a decent ish record of the event. Definitely a naked eye object tonight (it was JUST visible on the 13th without visual aids on the western coast). Still, hope you enjoy!
  7. A few of us itinerants from Heaton Park and Salford Astro spent an enjoyable evening last Saturday eyeballing Jupiter, Saturn and Panstarrs through the big SCTs at the Astronomy Centre, Todmorden. Thanks to Peter and the guys for their hospitality. Panstarrs and M31 were on the northern horizon amongst the power lines and pylons. I caught Panstarrs next to a pylon with M31 lurking behind, and another shot vice versa. Wonder if the guys up there would like to borrow an angle grinder?
  8. Comet C2011 L4 PANSTARRS taken near Kelso, Scottish Borders by mikeyscope, on Flickr This image of Comet C/2011 L4 PANSTARRS taken near Kelso, Scottish Borders Pentax 645D Pentax 800mm Lens @ f6.7 Exp 6 secs iso 400
  9. I was just spotted C/2011 L4 Panstarrs again using 15x70 and 10x50 bins. It is higher up, but a lot fainter than last week. It was not in a good position to image but I am happy that I spotted it again.
  10. mitchelln

    Panstarrs

    From the album: Photos

    PanSTARRS taken with 300P/Canon 7D. 8 seconds at ISO 1250.

    © Neill Mitchell.

  11. After a grey day it cleared up nicely early in the evening, so I said the boys could stay up a bit to view the comet again. At 20:05 the sky was sort of dark enough, and we went outside onto the street armed with 2 pairs of 15x70 bins (the boys put their TS on a tripod, I used the Helios hand-held). I quickly found delta And, and moved right and upwards a bit, and there was the comet, but far fainter than just a few days back (Wednesday). The tail looked very short and the core was clearly fainter than before, when compared to delta and epsilon And. I aimed the TS 15x70 for the boys, and I must say you do notice the difference. The comet was much harder in the TS than in the Helios Apollo. The boys did find it, and were very pleased. They did note that the first time they spotted it (March 14) was way better. Frank wanted to do a bit more Messier hunting as well (he had bagged 19 last summer, so I pointed him to M45, which was an easy capture). We then moved to the back of the house to have a look at some more Messiers. I showed them how to find M42. Not that impressive in the late twilight, and not enough magnification to show M43, but Frank was pleased with another Messier jotted down. M44 was next, followed by M35. Having reached a messier count of 23 and having seen the comet again, the kids went to bed very pleased indeed.
  12. The March 2013 edition of the Binocular Sky Newsletter is now published. * The usual stuff on good Deep Sky Objects to observe * Finder charts for Ceres and Vesta * Comet C/2011/L4 (PanSTARRS) * Two Lunar occultations To grab yourself a (free!) copy, go to http://binocularsky.com/ and click on the Newsletter tab. If you like it, you can have future issues emailed to you by clicking on the "Subscribe" link in the Newsletter tab and submitting the form.
  13. Comet C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS) should be visible from teh UK in about a week. I have put up a finder chart and description (for binocular users) at: http://binocularsky.com/binoc_transient.php
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