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.
|Subject||C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS)|
|Position (J2000)||Pisces: [RA: 0 28.211 / Dec: -0° 1.507′ ]*|
|Date/Time||MARCH 11, 2013 – 7:00-7:25 PM MST (MARCH 12, 2013 – 0200-0225 UT)|
|Observing Loc.||Flagstaff, AZ – McMillan Mesa|
|Instrument||15 x 70 Oberwerk Binoculars
Orion SkyQuest XT8 (8″ f/5.9 Newtonian)
|Conditions||Clear, twilight, some thin cirrus|
|*References||Starry Night Pro|