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Re: Post Your Comet Pictures
« Reply #30 on: March 12, 2013, 03:25:12 PM »
The following link will send you to the stardate.org website viewing guide for the comet along with a diagram of it's location in the sky over the next several days:  http://stardate.org/mediacenter/March2013_CometPanstarrs

In Austin, Texas it started to come into view at about 8:20 PM CST Monday.  It is my understanding that tonight it should be a little higher and appear several minutes later.  If you have older eyes like me, I would recommend using binoculars to help find it.  I kept looking just above the horizon, but it was actually higher than I expected.  I was fortunate to have an astronomy buff with me who had watched it the night before and who brought out his star viewing rig to observe it.  I must say, I am pretty good at finding things when someone has me look through their binoculars which are mounted on a tripod and locked on to the object.

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Re: Post Your Comet Pictures
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« Reply #31 on: March 12, 2013, 05:05:30 PM »
I'll be shooting tethered and / or chimping on the rear LCD...but remind me...what's that rule of thumb again for star trails and focal length v shutter speed...?

Rule of 600 -  Divide 600 by lens mm.  For a 50mm lens- 600/50=12 seconds.
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Re: Post Your Comet Pictures
« Reply #32 on: March 12, 2013, 09:30:07 PM »
Got some good shots this evening. The vacating storm system left some very clear air and I was able to follow the comet down to the horizon.  Still, the sky could have been darker but made the best of it. 

I will post the pics a bit later after some post processing.

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« Reply #33 on: March 12, 2013, 09:59:06 PM »
I have 2cameras, 3 scopes and great western horizon......and just spent the day in ER after my knee blew out at work.  Can't even stand up, let alone take a photo.  Maybe in a few days.  Murphy has struck.

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« Reply #34 on: March 12, 2013, 10:39:12 PM »
Clear air tonight.  Used my 5DIII

#1 - 300mm f/2.8L  shot at F4  ISO400 2 seconds
#2 - 300mm + 1.4xiii   f/4 ISO1000 2 seconds
#3 - 300mm + 1.4xiii   f/4 ISO1600 2 seconds
#4 - Too enticing not to get this one too

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« Reply #35 on: March 12, 2013, 10:49:40 PM »
I have 2cameras, 3 scopes and great western horizon......and just spent the day in ER after my knee blew out at work.  Can't even stand up, let alone take a photo.  Maybe in a few days.  Murphy has struck.
Very sorry to hear that. Hope you get fit soon.

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« Reply #36 on: March 12, 2013, 11:06:03 PM »
No worries.  Though it will fade some in the coming weeks it will also be higher in the sky and have a darker background.  It will be a binocular object through most of April so still possible to photograph.  What was special tonight was it's proximity to the moon which I was hoping would have been a bit closer.  300mm was about the most you could go with a full frame camera and still get both in the frame.

Rest up your knee and shoot when you are up for it.

I have 2cameras, 3 scopes and great western horizon......and just spent the day in ER after my knee blew out at work.  Can't even stand up, let alone take a photo.  Maybe in a few days.  Murphy has struck.

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« Reply #36 on: March 12, 2013, 11:06:03 PM »

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Re: Post Your Comet Pictures
« Reply #37 on: March 13, 2013, 12:06:16 AM »
I used my 70-200mm tonight on the shore of Lake Travis outside Austin and got a few shots.



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Re: Post Your Comet Pictures
« Reply #38 on: March 13, 2013, 12:22:05 AM »
#4 - Too enticing not to get this one too

Definitely too enticing.  Great shot.
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Re: Post Your Comet Pictures
« Reply #39 on: March 13, 2013, 02:41:42 AM »
East Wind, I like your first and second ones best.  Also very good earthshine on the moon.  Hopefully I can get a few shots, probably with my 135, or 85.

Here's one I shot of the Orion Nebula about a year ago.  There's star trailing, but you can still see it.  10 seconds with 400 f/5.6L and crop camera (roughly 600mm equivalent), ISO 800.  It was still very under-exposed...so got a lot of banding and chrominance noise when I lifted it in post, but I tried to take some of the noise out.

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Re: Post Your Comet Pictures
« Reply #40 on: March 13, 2013, 09:16:09 AM »
Here's mine. Didn't get to go out to my site with the clear west view.
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Re: Post Your Comet Pictures
« Reply #41 on: March 13, 2013, 09:19:52 AM »
love this shot. nicely done!

How do I post an image? otherwise - here is my flickr image of comet panstarrs - taken with the canon 6D 200mm F4 ISO 6400 5s (normally would shoot 3s at this focal length) about one hour after sunset in Perth Western Australia http://www.flickr.com/photos/59977949@N04/8525459685/#
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« Reply #42 on: March 13, 2013, 09:33:07 AM »
Can't seem to post mine, even a a 260 Kbyte JPEG...I'll try again later....

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« Reply #43 on: March 13, 2013, 10:27:09 AM »
Awesome shots guys.  This was/is a warm up exercise for comet ISON in November.

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Re: Post Your Comet Pictures
« Reply #44 on: March 13, 2013, 11:08:03 AM »
I hope so. Should still have a few good days before needing the telescope, at least I hope so.
thanks atosk930. Eastwind I really like the moon solo and in #2 Uranus is the dot to the lower right of panstars.
I plan to work on the comet tonight. What was the southern comet a few years back that had a tail like 10 deg long?
would be great if ISON would be like that.

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« Reply #44 on: March 13, 2013, 11:08:03 AM »