Comet PANSTARRS, March 2013,
Comet ISON November 2013 - January 2014.
Remanzacco Observatory - Comets & Neo: New Comet: C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS)
According to this very preliminary orbit based on an arc of only 2 weeks, this comet might become a bright object ( ~ magnitude 2) around perihelion in March-April 2013 and better placed for southern hemisphere. Next weeks will tell us something more about the future of this comet!!
Remanzacco Observatory - Comets & Neo
(Update) Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS), discovered by Pan-STARRS 1 telescope on Haleakala, Maui, on the night of 2011, June 5-6, will reach perihelion in March 2013 when it will be located only 0.30 AU from the Sun and might become a bright naked eye object ( with a peak magnitude of anywhere from +1 to -1). At its brightest C/2011 L4 will appear only 15° from the Sun.
Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) will get to within 0.012AU of the Sun (extremely close) at the end of November 2013 and then to ~0.4AU from Earth at the beginning of January 2014! According to its orbit, this comet might become a naked-eye object in the period November 2013 - January 2014. And it might reach a negative magnitude at the end of November 2013.
C/2012 S1 (ISON) - the next Great Comet?
Now, comet discoveries are run-of-the-mill, but this one is special!!
It will never go more southerly than Dec. = -22, (2013) so should be well-observable from both hemispheres!!
All in all, this is the recipe for a possible Great Comet!! It's reasonably likely to be a naked-eye object at least, and maaayyybe it will be similar to McNaught! (2007)
Let's see what the future holds.
*1 AU is the distance between Earth & the Sun.
*Negative magnitudes like -1 or -2 etc, = visible during the day, thru blue sky.
These astronomy people can get quite technical with their talk, and it can be difficult to understand or find basic information sometimes, like where in the sky, and of course the stars are upside down in the northern hemisphere compared to southern hemisphere.
This is good news, if it happens, hopefully... I chased Comet McNaught January 2007 for a week, got great photos with a Canon 400D, Sigma 12-24, Zeiss 20 2.8 Flectagon, Zeiss 35-70 3.4 macro, and the 200 1.8..... I have photos here in gallery but are not too flash, quite rough as far as processing goes, but have them printed are much better... It was an amazing feeling driving around at night, knowing I needed to be somewhere, deciding where to go & be, for a week... and very disappointing when it was all over...
Now have the D800, and by such time I should have a Zeiss 15 or 18, 25 F2 and Nikon 85 1.8.
Undecided at moment about which fisheye & 35mm lens... Plenty of time to decide...
I have a few favorite places, and no doubt will find a few more...