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Happy Birthday Achernar
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Another sketch of Comet 168/P Hergenrother
      #5472334 - 10/15/12 09:38 PM Attachment (67 downloads)

Last weekend at last saw some sky conditions that allowed observing at the local club's darker site. I took that opportunity to tote my 15-inch along and put the new Sky Commander dightal setting circles to the test on a moving target and Comet Hergenrother was a perfect candidate. Sure enough, the Sky Commanders guided me right to it, whereupon I made this sketch with an 8.8mm Explore Scientific 82 degree eyepiece which yields 227X. Sky conditions were mediocre, but good enough to show the comet resembled a flame from a cutting torch like the ones I used to cut steel at a local shipyard. A bright, nearly starlike inner core where the nucleus is was also apparent. I scanned the drawing and cleaned it up with Abobe Photoshop. Its small size and nicely concentrated light made it very easy to find even from home, a nice warm up for the apparently great comet of the early 21rst century coming next year.

Taras


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Re: Another sketch of Comet 168/P Hergenrother new [Re: Achernar]
      #5472340 - 10/15/12 09:43 PM

I like this sketch very much indeed!

Jean


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Re: Another sketch of Comet 168/P Hergenrother new [Re: JeanB]
      #5472347 - 10/15/12 09:45 PM

Taras,

A very fine sketch of the comet and its tail.

Frank


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Re: Another sketch of Comet 168/P Hergenrother new [Re: frank5817]
      #5472512 - 10/15/12 11:36 PM

Very nice sketch.

From your rendering you seem to be able to see more of a tail than I do with my 12" dob. You may have darker skies as well as more aperture than me.

Well done!


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Uwe Pilz
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Re: Another sketch of Comet 168/P Hergenrother new [Re: SteelStar]
      #5472627 - 10/16/12 12:57 AM

Nice sketch, nice comet.

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Re: Another sketch of Comet 168/P Hergenrother new [Re: Achernar]
      #5476784 - 10/18/12 11:40 AM

Taras,

Very good sketch of Comet 168P Hergenrother .

CS,KLU,

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Re: Another sketch of Comet 168/P Hergenrother new [Re: niteskystargazer]
      #5477413 - 10/18/12 05:12 PM

Very nice sketch of the comet.

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Re: Another sketch of Comet 168/P Hergenrother new [Re: Rutilus]
      #5477674 - 10/18/12 08:23 PM

Nice sketch. Makes me want to go look...and sketch.

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Re: Another sketch of Comet 168/P Hergenrother new [Re: rolandlinda3]
      #5478675 - 10/19/12 11:44 AM

Fine sketch! He's dimming, so observe now before it's too late...

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Re: Another sketch of Comet 168/P Hergenrother new [Re: Jef De Wit]
      #5478769 - 10/19/12 12:43 PM

Wow, what a nice capture. Simply beautiful. I really like this little comet, very impressive in large aperture.

Andre.


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Re: Another sketch of Comet 168/P Hergenrother new [Re: Andrev]
      #5478896 - 10/19/12 02:08 PM

Very nice. I could not see so much tail in a 10 inch in dark skies last week. It is a very interesting comet, to be such a little and dim thing, yet easy to see. Very condensed, and almost like one of the pieces of Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 looked in 2006. Nice Job. GW

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Re: Another sketch of Comet 168/P Hergenrother new [Re: Achernar]
      #5480064 - 10/20/12 09:14 AM

Thanks everyone for the thumbs up, I'm glad you guys liked the sketch. It seems the comet is fading rapidly, the last time I searched for it with a 10-inch from home, I failed to find it. I'm going to try again tonight to see if it's still at all visible from my driveway. If it remains unseen through the 15-inch, then it's clearly returning to it's normal extreme faintness.

Taras


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Re: Another sketch of Comet 168/P Hergenrother new [Re: Achernar]
      #5480589 - 10/20/12 03:25 PM

Taras,

Very nice job on this comet--you really show what a beauty it is. I'll bet that ES eyepiece is a beauty too.


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Re: Another sketch of Comet 168/P Hergenrother new [Re: Special Ed]
      #5480775 - 10/20/12 06:10 PM

They most definitely are, doubly so when one considers their price point versus Televue and other high end eyepieces. They don't give up very much to them, at a price point many folks can afford. I just don't see spending 600 dollars and up for one eyepiece in my future, I can buy a very good telescope for that amount. Thanks for your thumbs up on the sketch too.

Taras


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