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« : June 19, 2013, 10:24:19 AM »

Comet c/2011 L4 PANSTARRS Meets Kochab in high northern skies; note the appearance of a secondary ion tail streaming northward from the comet; the main dust tail is to the lower left (southeast) of the comets very bright and dense head.  The magnitude of the comet on this date was measured at ASO to be 11.8 (m2) and thus appears to be slowly fading.

Photo is cropped to about 86 arc minutes with north up.

CLICK on image below for larger view.

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* c11l4_jun19_120sx2_0910sl.JPG (76.51 kB, 720x690 - viewed 729 times.)

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« #1 : June 19, 2013, 03:04:13 PM »

Dr. Clay,

That is a really neat image, it has been a very interesting Comet for me, and one that I have enjoyed trying to image.  I wanted to try this past new moon but the weather just didn't cooperate.

Thanks for posting,

Ron

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« #2 : June 19, 2013, 03:40:37 PM »

One nice thing about this comet (and comet ISON in December as well....) is that it has been circumpolar and in the sky all night...you can pick and choose your observing time and even avoid the moon as I did this morning.  So, with these two comets, there is no excuse to not see them!  (Well, unless you are in the southern hemisphere of course).

Doc

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