Comet Ison Vs Comet Lovejoy
Posted 09 November 2013 - 05:12 PM
Posted 09 November 2013 - 05:24 PM
I was going to try for Lovejoy tonight but I have overcast skies.
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Posted 10 November 2013 - 05:57 AM
We've been reading and seeing some great articles and images on comet Ison in the last few months, but I haven't seen or heard much about comet Lovejoy. Last night I went out to a fairly dark area about 10:30 after the moon disappeared, to observe some of my favorite winter constellations and dso's. According to Heavens-Above, comet Lovejoy was supposed to be about half way in between Jupiter and Regulus last night, but I couldn't find it to save my life, and it is supposed to be about mag 10.
I would say that the chances of finding a 10th-magnitude object by sweeping an area that huge is exceedingly close to zero. For instance, there are a number of 10th-magnitude galaxies in that swath, and you wouldn't expect to find them, would you?
Fortunately, Lovejoy is now 6th magnitude, making it much easier to spot. It is far more impressive than ISON. You can download detailed finder charts for both at the end of my blog.
Posted 10 November 2013 - 08:36 AM
Posted 10 November 2013 - 12:29 PM
Thanks, Tony! The charts greatly helped me locate the two comets from chicago's lakefront this morning.
Posted 10 November 2013 - 01:04 PM
Posted 10 November 2013 - 04:19 PM
C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy) was located a bit northeast of M44 and appeared as a more-or-less circular patch of nebulosity.
Browse http://freestarchart...8-comet-love... and http://cometchasing....ets/2013_R1.pdf for finder charts.
For more on the comet, consult the following sites:
Posted 10 November 2013 - 05:59 PM
Posted 11 November 2013 - 03:52 AM
I've enjoyed Lovejoy on several mornings, most recently last Thursday when it was cruising past the Beehive in Cancer. Pretty in binocs and with a DSLR. I've yet to see ISON visually but have gotten a couple of faint images of it. And of course now that it's starting to brighten we're in for a week of clouds...
Nice photo! Thanks for sharing.
I've been viewing it the past few nights through my TV-102. I'm using the Beehive - M44 - as my visual signpost, and it's pretty easy to spot as it moves toward the head of Leo. Pops right out in my 26mm Nagler (34x), and appears as a diffuse, round coma with a bright core. This is as seen from the comfort of my loft, through a dual-pane window. ;^) Yeah, I know... I'll get my old wimpy butt out there in the cold one of these nights!
I was getting frustrated hunting for Ison, but then read about the other comets currently viewable. Nice to see Lovejoy... first comet I've seen since Pan-Starrs, which was a naked-eye object from my front yard. Still hoping Ison gets that bright soon!
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Posted 13 November 2013 - 06:20 PM
So far ISON seems unimpressive to me but hopefully it will give us a good show in the coming weeks.
Posted 13 November 2013 - 08:50 PM
Posted 14 November 2013 - 01:37 PM
This morning was out at 5 to 6 a.m. EST with 15x70 and slowly sweeping general area of LEO and spotted Lovejoy above his head. Went back in and checked position on Stellarium to make sure it wasn't a Messier object and then returned for longer look. Lovejoy much bigger and brighter but I couldn't see a tail.
However my eastern sky suffers fom nearby cities lights.Eastern sky a soft pearl whilst other directions very dark.Lower portion of eastern sky stars are hidden until binoculars or scope reveals them!Spent about 30 minutes more enjoying turning many smudges into clusters with the 15x70s.M42 showed the best detail and expanse yet noted in binoculars here,better than the 20x50s.I think the 15x70s are going to become a favorite.
It was 18 degrees F!Thermals plus insulated hooded long jacket and gloves made it comfortable asthere was no wind.
Thanks to Ralph Aguirre for inspiration to look for the comets.I hadn't realized Stellarium had comet capability and after updating ,it is even more useful.