02
JUN
2014

Catch a Glimpse of Comet C/2012 K1 Panstarrs on its Sunbound Dive

June 2014 is a great month to catch Comet C/2012 K1 Panstarrs as it heads towards its late summer rendezvous with our Sun. At magnitude +8 to +9 the comet is still quite faint, appearing as a small round fuzzy patch of light with a brighter centre. You’ll need a telescope with a
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01
MAY
2014

Chase Comet C/2012 K1 PanSTARRS through Ursa Major in May 2014

Comet C/2012 K1 PanSTARRS is high overhead in the constellation of Ursa Major and Canes Venatici during May 2014. Observable only in telescopes of 6-inch aperture and larger, the comet is quite faint at magnitude +9, but is starting to develop a visual tail. As it is high up in the sk
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03
MAY
2013

Comet PanSTARRS sketched with Anti-Tail

A run of recent clear nights has given me the opportunity to take a real close look at Comet PanSTARRS as it climbs northwards from Cassiopeia into the constellation of Cepheus. Tonight, May 3rd, I tracked the comet down in the 12″ Orion Optics dobsonian. In the finderscope it i
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01
MAY
2013

Chasing Comet PanSTARRS to the Pole Star in May 2013

May 2013 is likely to be the last month to see Comet PanSTARRS C/2011 L4. As the month begins the comet still shines at a relatively bright 8th magnitude, and can be found in binoculars and small telescopes as a faint patch of light just above the familiar ‘W’ pattern of s
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15
APR
2013

Comet PanSTARRS Looking a Treat in Cassiopeia this April

Even though Comet PanSTARRS C/2011 L4 is now on its way back into the icy depths of space after its close approach with our Sun in March, it is still a fine sight in our rental telescopes. This evening, 15 April 2013, I managed to beat the incoming clouds to get a view of the comet in
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31
MAR
2013

First Sighting of Comet PanSTARRS C/2011 L4 in the Pre-Dawn Sky

Bagged my first view of Comet PanSTARRS C/2011 L4 through the 12″ Orion Optics telescope at 4am on Easter Sunday morning. I’d found the comet the previous evening, setting down in the northwestern sky through broken cloud. The forecast was for a clearing sky overnight, so
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20
MAR
2013

Comet PanSTARRS in the Morning Sky from March 24th

On March 24th 2013, Comet PanSTARRS begins its climb into the pre-dawn morning sky. Look to the north-eastern horizon an hour before sunrise and you’ll find Comet PanSTARRS about 5 to 10 degrees above the horizon at about 055-degrees north east. It’ll be difficult to see a
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28
FEB
2013

Bright Comet PanSTARRS to be Visible in the Northern Hemisphere from March 2013

A bright comet is about to make an appearance in the evening sky this March. Comet PanSTARRS C/2011 L4 will pop into view above the western horizon in the early evening sky on about 11th or 12th March 2013. Visible (just) to the naked eye, the comet will hug the western horizon, movin
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