Comet C/2011 PanSTARRS L4
Observations (12.03.2013 - 16.03.2013) Tenerife/Volcan Teide
Since 19th of March diverse places in South Germany and Austria
The real task of the, Panoramic Survey Telescope And Rapid Response System '(PanSTARRS) in Hawaii is the thinning of the solar system for potentially dangerous asteroids. The 1.2 billion distanced comet to the sun was discovered on 06/06/2011 additional and was given the designation C/2011 L4. Thus PanSTARRS C/2011 L4 strolled through the solar system and in fall of 2012, the global observations got more intense and the brightness increased as expected in October to mag 10. However, in early 2013 came the message that the comet will probably not achieve the expected brightness. The brightness was estimated to mag 3 in March 2013. On But on the 12 of March I could observe in Tenerife a light translucent comet with a tail of about 1.5 ° degree at dusk. The corrected adoption of 2,0 mag to 0.5 / 0.0 mag have been confirmed by further observations. The curved tail was relatively short and it was clear that this comet will not become a McNaught (sightings of 19-20. March). But in a joyfully manner, PanSTARRS stabbed out in a special appearance. An almost 90°degree opened white fan (dust tail) determined the habit at the first week of April 2013. But after the perihelion nearly no colored tinge of the coma could be observed. The ion tail which initially appeared only minimally was recognized very faint after the circumnavigation, but increased just a little in the further course. At the moment I can’t remember of a comet in the past, which had a similar appearance. (Sources named on the end of page)
Map by KOMETEN.INFO
The map shows the way of comet. The vertical orbit to the earth explains why the comet could not be seen till the 10th of march in the northern hemisphere.
Last update 11. Juni
Germerswang near Munich
Photo taken with Canon 50D, Nikon 300mm f4.0, ASA 800, Exp 4x240 sec
Nice to see the long tail of the fading comet PanSTARRS with apprx. mag 9.
Update 16th of April
Auerberg, near Schongau/Bavaria
Newton 8, f4.5, Canon 50D, Exp.100sec, ASA 800,
In the morning hours clear sky made some photos possible. On the second photo you can discover a little meteor. PanSTARRS is fading, the mag is may 5.0-5.5 and nearly not visible with the naked eye. Turbulent atmosphere!
Update 07/08th of April
Zugspitze (Top of Germany)
Martin and me at the photo stop at 17:15 (www.zugspitze.de), Right: Open sky camp
To stand in the snowfall (left) and temperatures down to -14 ° C with the Astro equipment on the locked Zugspitze station leaves in this situation a strong doubt to your own mind. What am I doing here at all !?! But about 19:00 it cleared off hesitant, and now we suddenly had the feeling might standing still to the right place. At 19:25, the upper cloud layer was completely dissolved, and a fantastic alpine landscape appeared, and until 4.45 in the morning the celestrial world was perfect.
Phantastic panorma view after the clear off
Photos from the Comet near M31 Andromeda in the evening at 20.44 MESZ ...
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.... and in the early morning
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Photo 1-5: Canon IS II 70-200m (180mm APS 260mm) on Canon 50D, f2,8. Exp. 90 sec, ASA 400 (Guiding Vixen GP, 3:45 MESZ, 1:45 UTC)
Photo 3: Despite the appearance of high clouds the comet appeared rather clear
Comet 4,4° near Andromeda Galaxy M31, Zugspitze South Germany (2962m osl).Heading out for good weather sice two weeks in South Germany we had to escape on the top of Germany, the Mount Zugspitze (2962 m osl.) in Bavaria. A clear view shows the comet in the range of ca. 4,5° from M31 Andromeda in the morning hour at 3.50 MESZ. Both could be seen with naked eye. Comet brightness may 4,0-4,5 mag
Update 2nd of April, 20.55 MESZ
Axams 1400m osl. near Innsbruck
Canon 200m (APS 280mm) on Canon 50D, f3,2. Exp.. 34 sec, ASA 400
Comet near Andromeda Galaxy M31. The light hazy condition amplyfied the up lightning from the Inn valley and disturbed a clear observation.
Update 20th of March, 19.50
Germerswang near Fuerstenfeldbruck / Munich
Canon 50D on Nikon Tele 300m (digital 480mm) f2,8. Exp. 4-9 sec
Comet now with a well developed tail. This photos were taken in the evening through a lucky cloud gap
19th of March, 19.20
Germerswang near Fuerstenfeldbruck / Munich
Nikon 300m (digital 480mm) on Canon 50D, f2,8. Bel. 16 sec, ASA 200/400
Comet with a well developed an spreaded tail. This photos were taken near Fuerstenfeldbruck. Easy to see with naked eye
Update 17th of March
Here a nice polar light add on from Island
More at ALPE by Martin Rietze
March the 12/13th
The beginning in Tenerife, with greetings from the great comet
The volcano Teide in the evening mood
Comet PanSTARRS together with the 22hours young moon sickle in the range of 6°; (19:35)
Left right 12 March (20:20), Middle 13th of March (20.05) The moon sickle is apprx. 8° above the comet
About 2,5 ° the comet begins to brighten up.
The Comet in timelapse Video 1 Video2 Video 3
March the 16th, 19:55
An ugly big foehn-lens behind the Teide avoided more observations.
Now we are heading out for PanSTARRS in the Alps.....
Extra Observation, 15th of March,
An here a 900mm shot from Thomas Rose
mag* = > light magnitude: Up to mag +3-4 stars are visible nearby cities with the naked eye, in very dark areas the seeing limit can reach up to mag +6-7.
The more higher numerical value is given, the more weaker are the objects. E.g. - 4,7 mag, Venus glittering; - 1,0 Sirius, brightest star; +3,5 M31 Andromeda, pale shiny oval)
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