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#1 Special Ed  Happy Birthday!

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 01:15 PM

Hey,

Thought I'd give you folks a heads up about this early morning comet. I observed it on the morning of the 25th with my 12x36 IS II's when it was at an altitude of ~22° in Auriga. In the binos it appears like a small, unresolved globular cluster. No tail was visible to me. Visual mag was ~6.2.

It is climbing higher in the predawn sky so is an easy find (at least in the short-term). I believe it is supposed to fade so don't delay if you want to see it. Good luck!

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 03:40 AM

I saw it on Jul 26 using 15x70. it looked like a small greenish globular cluster. No tail. The sky is fairly light polluted. I guess in dark skies the tail should be visible although maybe very faint.

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 04:26 AM

:bawling: Bad direction and altitude for my location. Alas, knowing what I'm missing is better than ignorance.

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 07:20 AM

I saw it this morning in my suburban skies in 15x70 binocs.



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 09:37 AM

I made two more observations of Comet Jacques with my Canon 12x36 IS II's while the Moon was still out of the picture.  One was August 4th and the other August 6th--both obs between 0800 and 0900 UT (4:00-5:00 AM local).  The comet was much higher in altitude--35°--and easily visible with the 12x36's.  The visual magnitude had dropped to 7.0 but it was still fairly condensed (DC= 6) and the diameter was 5-6 arcmins.  It appears like a GC with no tail apparent (that takes more magnification and good transparency).

 

The comet is getting higher and higher so once the Moon wanes it will become a good target again, especially for big binoculars. :cool:



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 06:25 PM

Was featured on the Sky at Night programme last night in the UK, all I can remember is it is visible in the lower star, seget I think it was called in Cassiopea on the 23rd and 24th of this month, other constellations before that but it has escaped me, definitely a green comet with tail.



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 07:46 PM

http://www.buytelesc...ery/photo/54457

 

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 08:18 PM

Was featured on the Sky at Night programme last night in the UK, all I can remember is it is visible in the lower star, seget I think it was called in Cassiopea on the 23rd and 24th of this month, other constellations before that but it has escaped me, definitely a green comet with tail.

 

The comet will be just north of Segin (Epsilon Cas) at 0600 UT on 22 August.  Segin is the easternmost star of the "W" of Cassiopeia.  It will travel north of Cassiopeia for about 4 days after that.

 

@ Hallelujah--don't expect to see that in your binoculars.  :lol:


Edited by Special Ed, 11 August 2014 - 08:19 PM.


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Posted 11 August 2014 - 10:27 PM

 

@ Hallelujah--don't expect to see that in your binoculars.  :lol:

 

You'd be surprised @ what I can see in my binoculars!  :bigshock: 

 

http://freestarchart...nd-small-scopes

 

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Edited by hallelujah, 11 August 2014 - 10:58 PM.


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Posted 13 August 2014 - 12:14 PM

Thanks for the laff, Stan.  :grin:

 

I have a question for everybody.  I was out this morning to see the Perseids and while I was out I looked for Comet Jacques with my 12x36 IS II's.  I think I spotted it but it might have been the small, faint open cluster NGC 1513.

 

The comet and the OC are about the same angular diameter but the comet is ~mag 7 and the OC is 8.4.  Would I have been able to detect the OC given the moonlit skies?  The 12x36's are good but are they that good?  I definitely saw one of the two--I just don't know which.



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Posted 17 August 2014 - 04:14 PM

Tonight I had brief opportunity to observe the comet between clouds. Mv was estimated about 7, fairly easy in the 10x56, visible but with some difficulty in the 7x42. The comet was low in the sky and conditions were not very good.



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Posted 31 August 2014 - 04:20 PM

I stumbled across this comet tonight while sweeping through Cepheus with my 80mm refractor. I hadn't seen it before. It struck me as rather big and bright - not a "Grand Comet" but certainly more impressive than many DSO targets. I got my 15x60 binoculars out and found it very easy to spot really. A nice find.

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 05:05 PM

Mark,

 

That was a fortunate stumble.   :)   I've been looking at the comet for the last couple of weeks with my 12x36's before putting the scope on it--a nice comet and an easy find.  Did you notice a red-orange star in your FOV?  Comet Jacques went right by mu Cephei (Herschel's Garnet Star) last night.   :cool:  Look in the SSO and Sketching forums for pics.


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Posted 31 August 2014 - 05:20 PM

It was quite some distance from mu Cep already; it's on the other side of Trumpler 37.

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 05:49 PM

It was quite some distance from mu Cep already; it's on the other side of Trumpler 37.

 

I forgot by tonight you meant tonight --it's still daylight here.   :)   I meant 0h0m 31 August UT.  

 

Comet Jacques is a fast mover and I'm sure it's moved a good way by now.   :cool:



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Posted 01 September 2014 - 01:58 AM

Haha, yes I should perhaps have been a bit more specific about the time. I spotted it around 23 p.m. shortly before I came to post about it.

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 01:53 PM

I've seen it myself with my 8x42 and 18x50 and borrowed 15x70 and 20x80 over a week ago. With the Canons the thin tail was evident but it sure looked like a globular that shouldn't be there. 



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Posted 02 September 2014 - 11:29 PM

http://www.livecomet...014-e2-jacques/



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 06:32 AM

 

Good link, Stan.  Thanks!



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 07:53 AM

You're welcome.



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 12:10 PM

Here's another link- from Don Pensack.

Has an interactive orbital graphic... uberkewl!








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