Comet C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS) - MARCH 11/12, 2013

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Sketch of C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS) - March 11/12, 2013
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The comet was looking better tonight and I was able to view it naked eye as a soft 'star' in the twilight. Besides binoculars, I also brought the 8-inch Dob to a school parking lot on McMillan Mesa. The view was most pleasing through binoculars, but some of the delicate structure was more apparent through the scope. I tried to capture the essentials in the sketch above. It's always awesome watching a comet sink behind the treeline.

I shot and stacked a few photos with my Canon 300D, but since my lens only zooms to 105 mm, the comet was pretty shrimpy in the images. I snagged a few more photos through the binoculars and telecope with the iPhone camera. That gave larger scale, but the images are pretty noisy.


C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS) emerges from the twilight over Mars Hill.

iPhone photo through binoculars of C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS) as it sets over Mars Hill.
SubjectC/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS)
ClassificationComet
Position (J2000)Pisces: [RA: 0 28.211 / Dec: -0° 1.507' ]*
MagnitudeNot estimated
Date/TimeMARCH 11, 2013 - 7:00-7:25 PM MST (MARCH 12, 2013 - 0200-0225 UT)
Observing Loc.Flagstaff, AZ - McMillan Mesa
Instrument15 x 70 Oberwerk Binoculars
Orion SkyQuest XT8 (8" f/5.9 Newtonian)
ConditionsClear, twilight, some thin cirrus
SeeingNot estimated
TransparencyNautical Twilight
*ReferencesStarry Night Pro

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That's fantastic, Jeremy! You really set the bar for the rest of us.

Wow, thanks Erika! At this point, I think the real bar for everyone has been the elusive cloud-free/haze-free horizon. (I've counted myself really fortunate the last couple nights.) I hope you get it and the moon tonight! I can't wait to see the results.

Jeremy

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