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Comet Panstarrs

Post  Steve Williams on Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:49 am

Let us know if you've managed to spot Comet Panstarrs yet.

I made an impromptu visit to Chelveston this evening and it's an easy binocular object. Just about made it out with the unaided eye, but it was very low down in the twilight at 7.15pm. It will get easier to spot as it rises higher over the coming evenings.

According to the British Astronomical Association Comet Section website it's currently around the first magnitude.

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Post  STEPHEN HOWARD on Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:29 am

What are the chances of getting a good view on friday Steve ? On the basis of clear sky's :-) !

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Comet Panstarrs Viewing

Post  Steve Williams on Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:15 am

At present you need to be out at just after 7pm with a nice flat western horizon. You'll probably need binoculars to sweep above the western horizon to pick it up first because of the bright twilight, but it was relatively easy enough to pick up through my 7x50s. You can just pick up the hint of a tail visually - hopefully as the comet climbs higher into the sky over the next couple of weeks it should provide a good view although it will be fading. Next week is probably a good time to look for it before the Moon gets too intrusive in the evening sky.

Chelveston on Friday should give a chance to find it, but I would say you need to be there around 7pm as it is currently setting not long after 7.30pm.

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Post  STEPHEN HOWARD on Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:46 am

I'll be there a by 7 then ! Cheers !

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Post  STEPHEN HOWARD on Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:47 am

I'll be there a by 7 then ! Cheers !

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15th March Session

Post  Steve Williams on Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:37 am

Unfortunately, the comet (as well as everything else) looks likely to be obscured from view this evening.

I will be out given any clear evenings over the next week or so, so if any member would like to join me then just let me know.

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Post  STEPHEN HOWARD on Sat Mar 16, 2013 5:23 am

Aye ! Another lovely night ! I'll be there if it clears up Steve !

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Post  STEPHEN HOWARD on Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:44 am

I took a quick trip up to near Chelveston tonight , as another descent night tonight ! Think I spotted it scratch looked a little fuzzy to me if it was the right object in that part of the sky in Andromeda scratch

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PANSTARRS meets the Great Galaxy

Post  Harry Hamill on Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:26 pm

Went out to spot the comet last night (1st April). Beautiful clear night again, moonless but the very cold wind was back. Took up my usual position between Gretton and Harringworth.
At about 8.15pm the comet was close to the triangle formed by θ, ρ and σ Andromedae, only a few degrees below M31, the Great Galaxy. Magnitude 4.5 according to SkySafari. Still a fine object in the 6" reflector. Tail well visible.

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Re: Comet Panstarrs

Post  STEPHEN HOWARD on Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:02 am

Definitely found it tonight ! Smile took a drive along the Kettering road A43 just up from A14 got a nice panoramic view , got there about 8-20 soon spotted it using Harry's previous post info ! Thanks Harry ! I'm a happy newbie amateur astronomer cheers

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Morning Object As Well Now

Post  Steve Williams on Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:05 pm

Got up at 4.30 this morning (insanity confirmed!) and had a good view of it from home before twilight took hold. Nice and easy to find for the next few evenings/mornings near M31; comet definately slightly fainter than the galaxy. Took a couple of images as well, so I'll show them at Sudborough meeting tomorrow evening.

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