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Binocular Deep Impact Observations ?

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Posted 04 July 2005 - 07:49 AM

So.........did anyone see the impact?????????.....

I watched the whole thing on NASA TV (JPL). At this time I have not heard a word on any observations other than from the impacter camera and the flyby cameras.

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Posted 04 July 2005 - 08:41 AM

Nope, didn't see it. We are too far south here. The impact was only 2 or so degrees above the horizon and atmospheric-extinction made it all but impossible even for the lucky few who could grab some elevation around here and get a shot of the WSW horizon that low.

I have heard that it brightened by about 2 magnitudes after the impact...IF it stays that way for tonight, and IF the weather permits, I will be out trying to bag it with my 100mm binocs. Of course, I will come in here hooping and hollaring and let everyone know if I catch it.

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Posted 04 July 2005 - 09:31 AM

I "bagged" it with my 8 inch SCT (nothing to write home about insofar as I could detect no meaningful difference between pre and post impact views). It was a good thing I carted the scope out to my viewing site along with my 40X100 Oberwerks because I didn't see the comet at all with the binos. The comet itself was nothing more than a faint smudge with a very slight brightening towards the nucleus. There's a good thread on this in the Beginners Forum here on CN.


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