Friday, July 17, 2015
Comet C/2014 Q1 PanSTARRS visible in the Evening Twilight
During the week the comet will climb higher into darker skies but will rapidly fade. A spotters chart can be found at the end of this article at Universe Today http://www.universetoday.com/121401/three-tailed-comet-q1-panstarrs-lights-up-southern-skies/#more-121401
The sunset looked nice under that black cloud and the moon rode over the top but I could not see the comet.
Beautiful view in the evening with the trio of the crescent moon, Jupiter and Venus.
I was using my 250 mm lens with 1 sec exposure, ISO 1600 so I did not get any star trails. I really should get my scope out but it is not setup :)
Sunset looks to be after 5:20 PM and the moon will be gone about 7:30 PM. I don't have a great view in the Western sky but I should have enough.
What time do you feel we should be able to see the Comet ?
I have a 250 mm lens on my camera and a 800 mm on standby. With a doubler, I can get 1600 mm but that is way to much for this :)
I tried to get the best shot I could (given the short time frame between leaving work and the comet no longer being visible).
So I went down to the old Pt Wakefield Road salt pans, down past Globe Derby, looking out over the "nothingness" down there. Gave up about 7:30 pm.
Have you had a chance to see it yet Ian ? No cloud last night !
Of course, now the sky is completely clouded out,
I suspect the comet will be even harder to see tonight.
I was tempted to setup my scope but with all my good intentions after buying it, I still don't quite know how to set it up correctly. I fear it would be in vain.
I have a Ha modified Canon DSLR that I should be using and that might get a better image but last night was a last minute dash and i did not grab it :)
PS if you are wondering why your other comments had not showed up, on old posts Blogger gets me to approve them before releasing them, while on newer posts they go straight through.
I have access to a great location with great sky at Pt Parham, looking out over the ocean. (House on the esplanade). I have access to power and tried setting up the EQ mount a few times but I have stumbled through it. It is a Bintel BT200 f/5 HEQ5 Pro with GOTO with a tracking camera (and 80mm scope) and Modified DSLR for ha on the eyepiece. It is a monster to setup and get aligned. That is my problem aligning. I have a laptop attached but after building the scope, balancing it, pointing everything to the same location (Finder scope etc) I fire up the alignment but can't seem to get it right. Back at home in Adelaide, I have terrible sky so my visits to my perfect place, are far and few between,
Still, I am managing to do ok with my camera for the moment.
Here is last nights c/2014 Q1 PanSTARRS - stacked.
With the other posts, yes, I understand. It was more about adding some images and content for people to look at. Especially as I have some cool solar photos from the Coronado PST and now, I can double stack it. No point taking the photos if people can't see them :)