Return to the Cloudy Nights Telescope Reviews home pageAstronomics discounts for Cloudy Nights members
· Get a Cloudy Nights T-Shirt · Submit a Review / Article

Click here if you are having trouble logging into the forums

Privacy Policy | Please read our Terms of Service | Signup and Troubleshooting FAQ | Problems? PM a Red or a Green Gu… uh, User

General Astronomy >> Beginners Forum

Pages: 1 | 2 | (show all)
stargazer424
sage


Reged: 10/03/05

Loc: Central NJ
Re: A Comet as a challenge for beginners. new [Re: XwarpfactorX]
      #5589398 - 12/26/12 10:07 AM

WOW! I didn't know there were any visible comets to target! If I can get out, I'll have to see if I can track it down...

I assume an 8" dob will have enough light gathering to pick it up, if I can get it in view?


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Kevdog
Pooh-Bah
*****

Reged: 07/11/12

Loc: Desert Hills, AZ
Re: A Comet as a challenge for beginners. new [Re: stargazer424]
      #5589770 - 12/26/12 01:39 PM

If I get a good night, will have to try this. My C11 should show it much better than my LT8 did!

If you are not a star hopper, but have Goto then you can lookup the RA and Dec from PlanetDroid on android, enter it as a user object in your mount, then slew to it. (Note, you do have to look it up this way just before you view as it does move quickly).

That's how I found 168P a few months ago.

I never got a chance, but I was going to download the ephemeris from Meade and load it onto my telescope. Haven't yet had time to figure out how to do that for my Celestron yet (and don't have the connection cable yet). But that way the telescope always knows where it is.

Edited by Kevdog (12/26/12 01:41 PM)


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
CosmoSat
Pooh-Bah


Reged: 07/24/09

Loc: India
Re: A Comet as a challenge for beginners. new [Re: stargazer424]
      #5589776 - 12/26/12 01:44 PM Attachment (11 downloads)

As of the now comet is about 8 mag and can easily be seen in a 8" scope. Tho it might be difficult to view it the next few days with the moon in the sky almost throughout the night. After 30th the comet will be favorably placed for observation before the moon rises and can be viewed after around 8pm in the evening. I hve attached a map but note the time is + 5.5 ahead of UT for each new day marked.

Clear Skies!


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Dennis_S253
Pooh-Bah


Reged: 11/22/11

Loc: West Central Florida
Re: A Comet as a challenge for beginners. new [Re: CosmoSat]
      #5590145 - 12/26/12 07:10 PM

thans for the heads up. I just downloaded it in Stellarium. Your charts look right on. Maybe it will clear in the next couple nights.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
nploop102
member


Reged: 12/06/12

Loc: Austin, TX
Re: A Comet as a challenge for beginners. new [Re: XwarpfactorX]
      #5591921 - 12/27/12 10:43 PM

C'mon clear skies....

forecast doesn't look good until after the New Year. bummer.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Fuzzyguy
professor emeritus


Reged: 12/21/11

Loc: Colorado/Kansas
Re: A Comet as a challenge for beginners. new [Re: nploop102]
      #5607625 - 01/06/13 12:33 AM

I logged C/2012 K5 Linear tonight in Taurus. It was around a degree north east of 103 Tau. With averted vision, I could easily see the tail fanning out. I caught it while it was occulting a field star and I watched it for about 20 minutes while it moved around 3-4 minutes of arc. It was moving pretty fast!

After about 20 minutes the corrector plate froze up so I put the scope away and went in to warm up in front of the fire. This is the fourth comet I've observed since Garradd in 2011. Not a lot for seasoned comet hunters, but that's one more than I'd seen in the previous 40 years!

I hope I can follow this one for a while. Thanks Sat!


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
CosmoSat
Pooh-Bah


Reged: 07/24/09

Loc: India
Re: A Comet as a challenge for beginners. new [Re: Fuzzyguy]
      #5607803 - 01/06/13 05:54 AM

I too last observed it on the 3rd when it was about a degree away from the open cluster M36. It has certainly dimmed compared to how bright it was last week. the tail too appears more spread out and shorter. But we could still detect it in the 50mm finderscope. Should be observable in small scopes next week too until the moon sets in..

After that from around the 10th I will be moving my attention to another comet (C/2012 F6 Lemmon) which can be observed from my latitude for a few days before it sails further south. Hoping to get some good views of it.

And it seems like this might really turn out be the year of comets!

Clear Skies!


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Jeff2011
Carpal Tunnel
*****

Reged: 01/01/13

Loc: Sugar Land, TX
Re: A Comet as a challenge for beginners. new [Re: CosmoSat]
      #5609490 - 01/06/13 11:51 PM

I saw it the morning of Dec 18th when it was still in the big bear. I was fortunate to be in a dark site. I located it using sky safari and just pointed my red dot finder in the general area and nailed it on my first try. I am glad I had a wide angle eyepiece. Orion Q70 with 2.2 deg fov for my scope. Not a high quality piece but sure has made it easier to find targets. Can't wait for comets panstars and ison.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Fuzzyguy
professor emeritus


Reged: 12/21/11

Loc: Colorado/Kansas
Re: A Comet as a challenge for beginners. new [Re: Jeff2011]
      #5610014 - 01/07/13 11:28 AM

I viewed it again last night for about half an hour. It was less than a degree south east of Iota Tau. I found it with a finder chart from skyhound.com's comet chaser page. After determining where it was suppose to be at the time I was viewing, I checked the star chart in my new Uranometria All Sky Edition to find the field. It was pretty easy after that even with my .77* EP.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Pages: 1 | 2 | (show all)


Extra information
1 registered and 28 anonymous users are browsing this forum.

Moderator:  WOBentley, kkokkolis 

Print Thread

Forum Permissions
      You cannot start new topics
      You cannot reply to topics
      HTML is disabled
      UBBCode is enabled


Thread views: 1650

Jump to

CN Forums Home


Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics