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Old March 13th, 2013, 08:49 AM
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Default Panstarrs Comet

Gosh, I wish I were on a cruise right now. In the western skies near the horizon, about one to three hours after sundown, one can see the comet Panstarrs. Being at sea with perfect sight lines, the comet should be seen clearly. Has anyone seen it since this past weekend?

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Old March 13th, 2013, 03:03 PM
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It was cloudy last night but I will be able to see it this evening. We have a good sight line of the western horizon so it should be pretty easy to see about an hour after sunset. It should be just below the crescent moon.

I love astronomy and I have "The Hubble Jr." A 4.5" GPS reflector. It replaced my ancient Meade scope a few years ago. The GPS control system made finding stars a whole lot easier.

The bad thing about cruise ships is that I have yet to really get a good view of the sky on board. Far too much light pollution from the ship. The only time that came close was on Azamara Journey where the CD, an amateur astronomist, did a star gazing session a few times during the cruise. The Captain turned off all the lights he could and we had a decent view of the stars. It was even more interesting because we were south of the equator and the stars and constellations were far less familiar.

I live outside of the city in a semi-rural area so I have great views of the stars, if the clouds cooperate.

Take care and have fun star gazing.
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