Archive | March, 2013

Over the Hills: Day 11 on Comet observation

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From the past few days of observing Comet PANSTARRS, I wanted to see how it would look like if I covered my light polluted city view from the mountains I was in. As I did, the naked eye observation were much better, and I didn’t need to use averted vision as often to locate the comet location. I sacrificed seeing the Comet reaching the line of the horizon, but I gained a better view condition for the eye. It would have been much better to observe from a dark sky location, but that was a luxury at the time that I couldn’t offered.

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Here two pictures of the comet, one where it is a bit high in the sky where the remnant hint of the blue sky is still present, and the other is when it was a bit darker from the effect of the Sun, and closer to the horizon.


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Other notes on observation, was the fact the comet head was a bit brighter, but that’s not due to the actual brightness of the comet, for it was actually dimming, but the fact that the comet location from earth skies is delaying each night and getting further away from the sun will make the sky darker. There for, from the observer perspective  it looks brighter. Also, the tail is rising up more clockwise and getting closer to the vertical position.


March – 13 – 2013

Los Angeles county


Comet, and the crescent Moon!

Article header_simplePanSTARR Mar-12-2013 s2            Day 10 from starting observation of the Comet PanSTARRS, and day 2 since it appeared to the naked eye in the Northern Hemisphere from Los Angeles location point of view.

At the date March-12-2013 the comet was higher in the sky, and more apparent. It was close to the crescent moon that day, on the moon’s left to be exact. It made a beautiful view of an already spectacular show. The tail is easier to spot with the naked eye.  However, the observer might need a little averted vision technique to start locating the comet, and little knowledge of where it will be between the background stars and the moon position of that particular night helped a lot.

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The fact that the observation made in the same location as the previews day made it easier to spot. Also, the weather was much better in this day.

Several shots with the camera were taken, and three were chosen to be submitted here in this post. The first image posted was taken at Santa Susanna Pass in southern California on March 12 at 8:04 p.m. PDT. This image was also submitted to Astronomy Magazine, and it was accepted and been published. You can go to their website and find it: You can also find it in the gallery of Sky & Telescope Magzine


Comet PANSTARRS and the crescent Moon close up.

The two other pictures are close ups with different set of lens and different timing. This is in short the observations that were made on March – 12 – 2013.

Until next time…


Welcome Comet PanSTARRS.

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Day 9, attempt 9 is success.  Welcome to the North hemisphere Comet PanSTARRS. Even if you are still dim and low in the horizon, I will show you the place in the next couple of weeks. Good to have you here.

Finally, after trying for a little over a week, the comet has been captured.  As the comet is soaring away from the Sun, it will be possible to see it much later after the Sun set, which will make it easier to observe due to the absent of the Sun glare, however, as the comet increases its distance from the Sun, it will shine dimmer. Still, there is a chance of better view in the coming couple of weeks.

Now go out after Sunset, have a clear view of the western horizon, and enjoy the first naked eye comet of 2013


March – 11 – 2013.

Forty minute after sunset. Santa Susana Pass