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#1 Achernar

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 08:38 PM

Last weekend at last saw some sky conditions that allowed observing at the local club's darker site. I took that opportunity to tote my 15-inch along and put the new Sky Commander dightal setting circles to the test on a moving target and Comet Hergenrother was a perfect candidate. Sure enough, the Sky Commanders guided me right to it, whereupon I made this sketch with an 8.8mm Explore Scientific 82 degree eyepiece which yields 227X. Sky conditions were mediocre, but good enough to show the comet resembled a flame from a cutting torch like the ones I used to cut steel at a local shipyard. A bright, nearly starlike inner core where the nucleus is was also apparent. I scanned the drawing and cleaned it up with Abobe Photoshop. Its small size and nicely concentrated light made it very easy to find even from home, a nice warm up for the apparently great comet of the early 21rst century coming next year.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 08:43 PM

I like this sketch very much indeed!

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 08:45 PM

Taras,

A very fine sketch of the comet and its tail.

Frank :)

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 10:36 PM

Very nice sketch. :cool:

From your rendering you seem to be able to see more of a tail than I do with my 12" dob. You may have darker skies as well as more aperture than me.

Well done! :grin:

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 11:57 PM

Nice sketch, nice comet.

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 10:40 AM

Taras,

Very good sketch of Comet 168P Hergenrother :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 04:12 PM

Very nice sketch of the comet.

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 07:23 PM

Nice sketch. Makes me want to go look...and sketch.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 10:44 AM

Fine sketch! He's dimming, so observe now before it's too late...

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 11:43 AM

Wow, what a nice capture. Simply beautiful. I really like this little comet, very impressive in large aperture.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 01:08 PM

Very nice. I could not see so much tail in a 10 inch in dark skies last week. It is a very interesting comet, to be such a little and dim thing, yet easy to see. Very condensed, and almost like one of the pieces of Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 looked in 2006. Nice Job. GW

#12 Achernar

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 08:14 AM

Thanks everyone for the thumbs up, I'm glad you guys liked the sketch. It seems the comet is fading rapidly, the last time I searched for it with a 10-inch from home, I failed to find it. I'm going to try again tonight to see if it's still at all visible from my driveway. If it remains unseen through the 15-inch, then it's clearly returning to it's normal extreme faintness.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 02:25 PM

Taras,

Very nice job on this comet--you really show what a beauty it is. I'll bet that ES eyepiece is a beauty too. :cool:

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 05:10 PM

They most definitely are, doubly so when one considers their price point versus Televue and other high end eyepieces. They don't give up very much to them, at a price point many folks can afford. I just don't see spending 600 dollars and up for one eyepiece in my future, I can buy a very good telescope for that amount. Thanks for your thumbs up on the sketch too.

Taras






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