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    Default Tracing Comet Panstar



    Dear All,
    Recently I heard the news that Panstar will be visible in this month with naked eyes.
    I stay in Mumbai, India.
    Can anybody guide me in viewing comet Panstar?
    Also please let me know if any other comet can be visible this year with small telescope.
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    Default Re: Tracing Comet Panstar

    Dear Swapnil,

    Following the information from Sky and telescope.

    Taken from : Sky & Telescope

    Comet-Panstarrs_Mar-7-20_556px.jpg

    This diagram is drawn for a viewer near 40° north latitude. If you're south of there, the comet will be a little higher above your horizon early in the month than shown here. North of 40°, it will be even lower in early March than shown here, but higher than here as it fades after midmonth.

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    Default Re: Tracing Comet Panstar

    You can also get more accurate position from stellarium software with object search of C/2011 L4. Please post your observation in case you are able to spot. You would at-least need binoculars

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    Default Re: Tracing Comet Panstar

    Yes I will try with Stellarium. I tried as Panstar so didn't got anything.
    Now will try as C/2011 L4 as suggested.
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    Default Re: Tracing Comet Panstar

    There's a discussion on SourceForge about adding Pan-STARRS' orbit parameters to Stellarium at Stellarium / Discussion / Feedback:C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS)

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    Default Re: Tracing Comet Panstar

    Quote Originally Posted by aysee View Post
    There's a discussion on SourceForge about adding Pan-STARRS' orbit parameters to Stellarium at Stellarium / Discussion / Feedback:C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS)
    I just use the solar system editor instead of copy / pasting orbital info.

    I also added this to the discussion:
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    In settings check the box for "show planet markers" and go full throttle on the "slider for planets"
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    Default Re: Tracing Comet Panstar

    I cant seem to find it in stellarium. I wonder what Im doing wrong.

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    Default Re: Tracing Comet Panstar

    I'm going to have to look for this bad boy while I'm at work. Sadly mt workplace is smack dab in the middle of a city, white zone nightmares. At least my boss is letting me go up on the roof. Will it be naked eye visible or will I need to bring the binoculars?
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    Default Re: Tracing Comet Panstar

    Check out this link for information on Comet Panstarrs and others.
    Comet PANSTARRS | WAITING FOR ISON
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    Default Re: Tracing Comet Panstar

    Quote Originally Posted by 92hatchattack View Post
    I cant seem to find it in stellarium. I wonder what Im doing wrong.
    You have to download the comet's orbital parameters into Stellarium. New comets, like Panstarrs, are being discovered all the time. You have to do a download to get the new data.

    See aysee's post above for a link to download instructions.

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