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#1 bumm

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 10:47 PM

Anybody watching Comet Jacques buzzing across Cassiopeia?  I just got in from taking a look with hand-held 20x80 binocs.  The night was fairly clear, but MURKY with humidity giving poor transparency.  The comet showed easily though, as a round fuzzball.  Very easy to find tonight, just off the Western tip of the "W."  About the only thing to watch out for is not to confuse it with the profusion of open star clusters in the area.

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Posted 22 August 2014 - 12:04 AM

Easy picking tonight in my 12x60 binoculars with the comet less than 1/2º from Epsilon Cass. The open cluster Stock 5 is very near with the bright open clusters NGC 663, NGC 654 and NGC 659 also in the binocular FOV. All I can say is ... "It was a beautiful sight!"



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Posted 22 August 2014 - 12:20 AM

Reminded by this thread, I went out at 9:30 and was just barely able to discern the comet in 10x50 binocular, easily in 15x50, so had a look with my Televue 85.  Very nice sight indeed!  It wasn't terribly well-defined, just a formless smudge to me in the binos, but more definition and more tail at 60x. Transparency was good at times with only a few clouds, and fairly steady.  Caught one of my favorites as well, the double cluster.  



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Posted 22 August 2014 - 09:43 AM

Saw it second last night through my 10x50's and 8"'er. It was an easy target, but I could not see any tail. The humidity was extremely high also.



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Posted 22 August 2014 - 01:42 PM

I've seen a few really amazing astrophotos of it... like this one.

 

http://www.astrostud...2_1908color.jpg


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Posted 22 August 2014 - 01:43 PM

And this was APOD today!
http://apod.nasa.gov...d/astropix.html


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Posted 22 August 2014 - 02:47 PM

Beautiful image! I'm going to see if I can find this visitor tonight, provided my almost constant cloud cover will stay away.



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Posted 23 August 2014 - 02:57 PM

Well, I tried to take a look last night in my 12x70 binoculars.... Not much luck. I could kinda convince myself, something was there, but at magnitude 10.7 I don't think I was really seeing much.  I do live in a red zone bordering on white to the south, so...

 

I'm going in got give it another try tonight with my scope. :)



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Posted 23 August 2014 - 04:21 PM

Well, I tried to take a look last night in my 12x70 binoculars.... Not much luck. I could kinda convince myself, something was there, but at magnitude 10.7 I don't think I was really seeing much.  I do live in a red zone bordering on white to the south, so...

 

I'm going in got give it another try tonight with my scope. :)

 It can't be 10.7 mag. It was too bright to be that faint when I saw it some nights ago.



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Posted 23 August 2014 - 07:01 PM

Well I was going by what Sky Safari Pro lists it as. But that does seem to be accurate by what I was seeing. 



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Posted 23 August 2014 - 08:41 PM

The "Comet Chasing" webpage has it listed as mag 6.7 in early August, fading slowly through the month.  I saw it in 15x70 binocs a couple of nights ago, and will be taking another look tonight.  Should be easy to find in Cas.

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 10:27 PM

Unfortunately for me, I live just south of Sacramento and the northern sky is so light polluted that I can just barely see Polaris.

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 12:12 AM

I picked it up again tonight, but put my report in the "I can barely go outside let alone do any astronomy" thread. :)

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 12:36 AM

I have it in my 12.5" right now. Very nice! I'm gonna try to see if I can pick up the tail.

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 01:11 AM

I found it in my 8" Dob - not much more then a smudge and no tail



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 02:30 AM

Found it again tonight in my little 70mm, right where the charts said it would be.  Just the soft fuzzy sort of object Messier spent so many nights looking for...  I wish the skies were a little better tonight.

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 09:37 AM

Last night clouds finally cleared and a lot of the humidity moved out, so I went out to get my first look. There it was, just where SkySafari said it would be! The magnitude in SS is wrong though, it's much brighter than 10.7v! I could see both 35 and 32 Cas at 6.3 and 5.4 magnitude naked eye with averted vision, so skies from my backyard porch were pretty dark at 23:55 CDT. I viewed the comet for about an hour with my 15x70 binoculars. It appeared to be similar in brightness to an 8th mag star near it. I couldn't see a tail at 15X, but I could see the nucleus inside the coma. It moved between two dim stars while I was looking. I'll get a scope out if the clouds stay away tonight and get a better look.



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 08:38 PM

Caught it last nite- first in 15x70 binocs, for location, then in my 15" Dob, 20mm EP at 100x, 1 degree TFoV. Was easy to find- a large, bright, circular halo, growing uniformly brighter into its core, with a tiny stellar point at the center. No tail seen (mag ~5 skies). Gorgeous starfield!

 

During the 30 minutes of studying, enjoying, & sketching, i easily noticed it was creeping in a westward direction.

 

Nice comet!... even if tailless. :goodjob:



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 12:17 AM

The sky cleared in southern CT tonight. I got my first good look at it.

 

From my red-white transition zone it was visible in the 9x50 finder about 2 degrees north of Kappa Cas. It was easily seen in the 4 inch refractor at 40X. It appeared fan shaped and was moving quickly past a line of three ~ 8th mag stars. I too could see movement in less than 30 minutes.



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 02:05 AM

  This photo of C/2014E2 was taken this morning 8/24/14 at 02:45MST. My camera is a small 10mp Olympus XZ-1.

  Twenty six 15 second exposures plus three dark frames, were stacked using Deep Sky Stacker. The camera has a zoom feature equal to a 112mm fl. lens.

  Setting on a tripod, the camera was set at ISO 400 F2.2.Attached File  Copy of comet (2).jpg   163KB   3 downloads

  The comet was easily spotted in 16x70 binoculars.


Edited by Vince Tramazzo, 25 August 2014 - 02:12 AM.


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 02:16 AM

Just had my first view of it.. pretty sure its my first comet. I had been waiting most of the night for this section of Cassiopeia to clear the trees to my north.. id just put my scope away.. came in and jumped on CN and saw this thread as a reminder.. went back out with binos and found it quickly enough in about a minute, but it took me 15 minutes to clarify for sure that i  was in the right location with sky safari  :crazy:

 

A nice big relatively bright diffuse ball..easily seen in the binos (10x30). was expecting something smaller! my skies were about mag 5 earlier i noted, but haze increased and transparency declined as the night went on... so not sure what mag my sky was when i saw this at ~3am. definitely  not mag 5! 

 

thanks to whoever started this thread!


Edited by lamplight, 25 August 2014 - 02:18 AM.


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 08:03 AM

Tried to catch it in my 10x50s, but was not sure just exactly to look.  Downloading SkySafari right now! LOL



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 08:38 AM

Heavens Above has finder charts as well....

 

http://www.heavens-a...?cid=C/2014 E2

 

 

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 08:52 AM

Well, if I can't pull them up on my  (very) older smartphone, then I won't have access to  them before and after work :bawling: Sucks that my laptop died two months ago.



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 10:14 AM

Nice image of it showing the "W"  Have to check it out tonight!








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