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Rich V.
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Re: Success! new [Re: Mark9473]
      #5601291 - 01/02/13 01:50 PM

Sorry to hear that, Mark. I suppose it's a given that you get lots of cloudy winter weather out your way.

Though it's high desert over here, winter conditions don't make viewing all that great like some might think. Lots of haze due to temperature inversion in the valleys, jet stream overhead frequently, high altitude ice crystals and thin clouds plus my ever-increasing aversion to the cold make it challenging. It was 16F (-8.8C) last night while viewing but it dropped to 2(-16.6C) by morning...

Rich


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BillC
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Re: Success! new [Re: Rich V.]
      #5601340 - 01/02/13 02:24 PM

That's 'cause you're at Ta- Ho Ho Ho! Brrrr Freeeezy!

BillC


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ianatcn
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Re: Success! new [Re: BillC]
      #5601648 - 01/02/13 05:46 PM

My view last night is probably my last for a while. We have an azores high building over us which at this time of year means mild weather but wall to wall cloud. Looks like my next chance will be when the comet is well clear of Auriga. Temperature here tonight forecast to be 12c - thats above freezing Rich!

Ian


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wky46
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Re: Success! new [Re: ianatcn]
      #5601657 - 01/02/13 05:50 PM

Looks like a good weekend forecast for me so I'll give it a go then with my 20x80's

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John_G
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Re: Success! new [Re: wky46]
      #5601870 - 01/02/13 08:10 PM

Visible with my 12x50s in the vicinity of 31 Aur but I couldn't really see any of the nucleus.

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daniel_h
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Re: Success! new [Re: John_G]
      #5602455 - 01/03/13 07:30 AM Attachment (26 downloads)

finally caught this one in my 25x100 - the nucleus wasn't totally clear - i used to averted vision to ascertain it pointed toward 5 o'clock in my sketch -other than that fairly un-remarkable, my sketch shows what i saw
taken 3 Oct 1200 UT, N is up on my sketch (should be rotated to the right a little)

Edited by daniel_h (01/03/13 07:42 AM)


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Man in a Tub
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Re: Success! new [Re: daniel_h]
      #5602534 - 01/03/13 08:44 AM

Great sketch, Daniel!

When I got a meager, dim view around 03:00 PST, the nucleus was inside that lower triangle of stars in your sketch. I tried a rough estimate of size seen less than 10', perhaps about 7'. I decided it would be better to see the comet free of the triangle. So I took an hour break.

Well, a second glimpse didn't happen with my GO Signature 15x70. The comet was wiped out by moonglow and light pollution bouncing around in the particulate haze of a windless night. Even M 36 and M 38 were almost obliterated.

Dreck happens!


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ronharper
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Re: Success! new [Re: Man in a Tub]
      #5602656 - 01/03/13 10:07 AM

Last night was super clear, but when I looked the view was confused by stars. I could see it but couldn't tell diddly.
Ron


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Re: Success! new [Re: ronharper]
      #5602946 - 01/03/13 12:49 PM

Nice sketch, Dan! Thank you for sharing.

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daniel_h
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Re: Success! new [Re: BobinKy]
      #5603154 - 01/03/13 02:45 PM

I'll try for another go tonight, Auriga is fairly low for me
It's going to be hot in my part o the world, over 100 F today


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hallelujah
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C2012 K5 (LINEAR) new [Re: daniel_h]
      #5603202 - 01/03/13 03:12 PM

http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/5603071/Main...

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Mr. Bill
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Re: C2012 K5 (LINEAR) new [Re: hallelujah]
      #5603296 - 01/03/13 04:06 PM

Here's another chart....

http://cometchasing.skyhound.com/comets/2012_K5.pdf

Will try with 5 inch BinoBox...



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Rich V.
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Re: C2012 K5 (LINEAR) new [Re: Mr. Bill]
      #5603322 - 01/03/13 04:29 PM

Bill, in your BinoBox it should be in the same FOV as M36 until about 10PM tonight PST. They will be 2.33 apart at that time.

Really hazy down here today; will see how it is tonight...

Rich


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Mr. Bill
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Re: C2012 K5 (LINEAR) new [Re: Rich V.]
      #5603383 - 01/03/13 05:05 PM

Quote:

Bill, in your BinoBox it should be in the same FOV as M36 until about 10PM tonight PST. They will be 2.33 apart at that time.

Really hazy down here today; will see how it is tonight...

Rich




OK Rich, give it a shot.



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ianatcn
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Re: C2012 K5 (LINEAR) new [Re: Mr. Bill]
      #5603465 - 01/03/13 06:18 PM

Managed to grab a 15 minute gap in the clouds at 2230 here. I lay on my driveway armed with Zeiss 20x60s Auriga high overhead. Lovely view of the comet and M36 in same 3 degree field of view. I then compared comet to M1. I would say they were roughly the same integrated brightness given that the comet was much larger and more diffuse than the crab. That was an unexpected pleasure.

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Mr. Bill
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Re: C2012 K5 (LINEAR) new [Re: ianatcn]
      #5603654 - 01/03/13 08:17 PM Attachment (19 downloads)

12 degrees F out there....



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BobinKy
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Re: C2012 K5 (LINEAR) new [Re: Mr. Bill]
      #5603698 - 01/03/13 09:05 PM

This is a wonderful thread! Thanks everybody.

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Mr. Bill
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Re: C2012 K5 (LINEAR) [Re: BobinKy]
      #5603839 - 01/03/13 10:51 PM

OK...saw it as a diffused halo (for about 30 seconds before everything frosted over.) 9 degrees and falling...

Big Bang coming on shortly and a Jack Daniels egg nog is in my immediate future.



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ronharper
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Re: C2012 K5 (LINEAR) new [Re: Mr. Bill]
      #5603930 - 01/04/13 12:17 AM

Very hard to see it at all tonight, smack on top of a 6.5 magnitude star when I looked.
Ron


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Tamiji Homma
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Re: C2012 K5 (LINEAR) new [Re: ronharper]
      #5603950 - 01/04/13 12:32 AM

Hi Ron,

I agree with you.
Tonight was harder than last night.

I spent half an hour between 20:30 and 21:00 PST with Kowa at 21x. I thought that transparency was getting worse here.
Perhaps, X Aur was too bright so that it was hard to see C/2012 K5 as you said.

Last night, I observed in cyclops mode (TMB 92SS/Nagler 31), at 16x, 4.8 degree TFOV. M36, M37 and C/2012 K5 were in the same view

Here is the chart (SkySafari Pro generated, 5 degree circle):


Tammy


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