A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.
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Quote:I think it will be a good naked eye comet that might even be impressive
Quote:I think they missed calculated the speed its traveling and will put on a show a little later than expected.
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Quote:The only interesting thing about Comet ISON is that it is in the same part of the sky with two brighter comets: Comet Encke & Comet Lovejoy then there is Comet 2012/X1 (LINEAR) over by Arcturus (visible in the evening and morning right now). Now that is an interesting show, worth getting up for.
Orion XT8 Pentax
It's a long night and tell me what else were you gonna do...
Quote:So, we know exactly where its going to be, but we can't predict where the ESA's sat. GOCE is going to land? and its orbit is even more well established...
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12" Dob, 4" Mak, 3" APO, PST, bunch of green eyepieces & an understanding wife.
Quote:Well, I had a great viewing of comet Lovejoy on Saturday. Weather now turned south so no go for ISON for the rest of the week although we may get a window on Saturday or Sunday morning.Since I am a slave to my dog and get up every morning at 4:30 for a walk (she's a huskie and my self appointed trainer), I might as well delay the walk for an hour and try to bag ISON.Since ISON is a disappointment, I am hijacking the thread for a moment with a photo of my dog!
Small scope enthusiast. Large scope aficionado
Quote:I think that comet is much fainter than expected.
Quote:I woke up 4:30 this morning and grab my 10X50 binocular then went outside. Night is clear! I see Leo and Mars. I don't see Comet Ison then I went in to check Sky and Telescope November page 50. Comet should be at Leo's tail and close to around Beta star in Virgo. I went out and look. Still don't find it! I don't see a comet's tail or fuzzy blob of light. I think that comet is much fainter than expect. I don't know. November 17 to 20 should be easier because the comet would be close and pass Spica in Virgo.
Quote:Yes, recent reports indicate that it has gained brightness rapidly just in the last few days. Still far below the curve, but improving. I can't vouch for that from personal experience, however.
- Dan Zhumell Z8 Dobsonian (A.K.A. "The Cannon") Zhumell 30mm, 2" Wide Field Zhumell 9mm 1.25" Plossl Custom made setting circles and a Wixey digital level
Quote:Is ISON (et al) worth getting out for?
Quote:Quote:Is ISON (et al) worth getting out for?No -- not yet, anyway. But C/2013 R1 Lovejoy might be. Or you can stay up past 1 a.m., if you'd rather do it that way.
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