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Hi all, I am writing from Panama, Central America. We have had here bad weather, with lots of cloud cover, which have not allow us to observe PANSTARSS. However the sky is clearing up in middle-central Panama, so we have organized a small expedition, hoping to capture it with photos, video, etc. We are departing in a few minutes. We will be using various cameras, digital and classical, two portable telescopes, a 5" reflector and a 4" refractor. We hope to send pictures out later tonight. We will be posting some in our Twitter, @AstroFisPanama. Wish us good luck.
Disappointed this evening Went for a look and I couldn't locate Panstarrs We had a Cloud cover in the far off distant horizen to the west at sunset and I tried later on and PANSTARRS must of slipped past the horizen. I can't get anther view untill Sunday because I'm busy tommorrow evening.
Thanks to the Astronomy staff, the coverage of PANSTARSS has been phenomenal.
Although in Panama and Central America the comet PANSTARSS should have been seen already for nearly a week, weather patterns forming in the region have not allowed for a clear view of it. Weather has been more cooperative with the west coast of Mexico from Mazatlan to Huatulco, and with west coast of Florida, where cloud cover has been a minimum in several afternoons. We have been using fan opensource sky map to help us since all the information in the media refers to upper latitudes (about 40 degrees N), we are at 8-9 degrees latitude in Panama, and Central America is between 8 and 17 degrees. One freely available choice that seems to have the path of the comet in the database is Cartes du Ciel, which shows the position of the comet and approximate magnitude. For example, for our present location, 8° 55' N 79° 32' W, PANSTARSS would be located today by 18:40 local time (EST) at RA 00h 25m DE -4° 49'. For tomorrow, March 11th, which has a much better clear sky forecast, according to Cartes du Ciel, the comet would be located at the same hour at RA 00h 29m DE -02° 11'. If I am wrong with these figures, I would appreciate a comment. I plan to use a 4.5" equatorial mount reflector, do not have binoculars.