Monday 11 March 2013: These pictures of Comet PanSTAARS were taken during a trip to Tucson Arizona during the week of 10-16 March 2013. Knowing that the further south I could get would place the comet slightly higher above the horizon at sunset giving me more time and opportunity to get pictures of it. So in looking for a good view toward the west over a horizon that was relatively haze free for me meant a drive part way up Mt. Lemmon to a pullout or scenic overlook at 6000 feet facing west. The banner picture above is a series of 5 pictures blended into a panorama that stretches from the southeast to the northwest and shows the city of Tucson below as well as a couple standing on a rock silhouetted against the sky colors. This picture was taken about 10 minutes before the comet became visible with binoculars. As I waited for the sky to darken I took several pictures with trees and people silhouetted against the sky colors in the background.
Tuesday 12 March 2013: These pictures were taken from the west side of Gates Pass, a mountain pass west of Tucson. The thin waxing crescent Moon was to the right of the comet, within 5-6 degrees as both were visible within the same field of view of my 10×50 binoculars.
Here are some pictures from these two evening viewing sessions.
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