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It could be the comet of the century ... or it could be a complete dud. It has to survive its trip through the sun's atmosphere, first.
"Comet of the Century"
Someone wanted to see the Big Dipper. I had no idea what she was talking about.
Now in the western sky, just after sunset, Comet Pan-STARRS. Tonight, just after the the sun goes down (roughly 5:30, or so), go out and look west. You should be able to see the a thin crescent moon. Very close to the moon, you should be able to see Comet C/2011 L4 Pan-STARRS. It will get bigger and brighter in the coming days, and then start to fade away as it recedes back to the outer reaches of the solar system.
If you have a camera, you can mount it on a tripod and take a 2-3 second exposure. Try using an ISO of about 800. Post your pics here!!
Meade Series 5000 SWA (Super Wide Angle) eyepieces. Available individually, or as a set. These are 68-degree AFOV (Apparent Field of View)
Molded plastic case USD30/RMB190
Meade UWA (Ultra Wide Angle), 82-degree AFOV:
All prices are firm as they are coming straight from the factory. Shipping costs will vary, depending on the weight and size of order.The 40 mm is nicknamed, "The Pineapple", for a very good reason !
I look forward to meeting you.
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