(Posted 18 July 2015) Comet 2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) is quickly moving away from the Sun and rising high into the Southern skies. Comet 2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) is the brightest comet forecast to be visible from the Southern hemisphere this year.
Comet 2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) is not intrinsically bright and is best viewed in binoculars. I could see a half degree long tail (the same width as a Full Moon).
However, as shown in the above image by Anne-Louise Surma-Hawes, a short 20 second exposure with a relatively small telescope (70 mm aperture) gives a completely different view of the comet. Not that this is a photograph of yje lcd screen on the back of a Canon DSLR 50 and not the actual image. She is currently ‘out bush’ at Leyburn, Queensland and does not have her computer with her to send me a processed image.
Use the above chart to find Comet 2014 Q1 over the next few nights. Just use a pair of binoculars to look for the comet along the line shown on the chart as per the time and dates noted. Use Jupiter and Venus to ‘star hop’ from the find the comet. Stars are shown to magnitude 6 on the chart.