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#26 dscarpa

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 10:57 AM

 Be careful what you wish for. Remember the dinosaurs.... David  


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#27 ilovecomets

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 01:04 PM

 Be careful what you wish for. Remember the dinosaurs.... David  

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#28 Ishtim

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 10:40 AM

I too enjoy the dirty, icy visitors. 41P-TGK was my last one I took time to image. 

Finally took the time to process this tail-less fuzz ball captured on March 23, 2017. (147, 30 sec. exposures)

41P was passing through the big dipper at the time.  M97 (Owl nebula on right) and M108 (Surfboard Galaxy top center).

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#29 JimFR

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 11:31 AM

Yes, Hale-Bopp was memorable and grab many of us into the hobby at that time. I remember that it was well positioned in the sky for a long time. It lasted for such a long time that at some point we started to ignore it :-)

 

Carlos

Very true, it was spectacular.  I got to where I just casually glanced up from time to time to see if it was still there.

 

I had taken up curling at the nearby rink at the time. Our team was leaving the building one eve and they had never heard of it or seen it.  So I pointed it out to them on a particularly clear night and they just had this 'what the heck is that' look on their faces.



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Posted 12 August 2019 - 07:25 AM

Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) was spectacular in 1996.  It made one of the closest cometary approaches in 200 years on March 25th.  Comet Hyakutake stretched across the sky when it was close to the Earth and was the most striking comet that I've ever observed.  My best views were through 8x56s from what was a dark site at the time.

Hyakutake at 0.1 AU from earth. I seriously missed out on that one and Hale-Bopp. Saw HB, but just wasn't into astronomy then like I am now. Not gonna miss the next one! But I hope it misses us!

 

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#31 kdenny2

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Posted 12 August 2019 - 04:39 PM

We can count on at least one good one - Halley's Comet in 2061 :) 


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Posted 12 August 2019 - 05:09 PM

Where Are the Comets?

 

Hanging out with the Sun spots.


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Posted 12 August 2019 - 06:31 PM

I only rediscovered astronomy again 12 months ago. I bought a 6" Dob' to see how things go and have become seriously addicted. Wirtanen has been my only disappointment in what has been a wonderful year. I was expecting too much. I live on the south island of New Zealand and the skies didn't clear up before the comet was heading north and the moon was crashing the party. I managed to detect a very faint fuzz only. I've become a better astronomer since, however, and love tracking asteroids - (16) Psyche, (15) Eunomia, and (39) Laetitia, this month alone. I just bought some Konus 20x50 bino's after reading a positive review on here, and intend to drive out to a less polluted location towards the end of September to have a go at 2018 W2 (Africano) when it turns up in our latitude at an estimated 8th magnitude. I hope people start posting some photo's when it gets down to 10th magnitude. Gideon van Buitenen currently has it at 10.9.


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Posted 13 August 2019 - 04:01 AM

Hi Sean

 

To make your day (nights) here the probably nice next comet for this season:

https://www.cloudyni...18-w2-africano/

 

I'm a comet lover as well to give you an idea here's my sketch collection of the 24 last comets with a shape different that just a circular coma, since 6 years :

 

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So go ahead,

 

When I was young the best one was comet West in 1976:

 

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 07:28 AM

The "naughties" was a good decade for comets

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 05:04 AM

Comet Hyakutake was the greatest sight I have seen in Astronomy (although I haven't seen a total solar eclipse). Yuji Hyakutake died aged 51 in 2002, from 'too many late nights searching for comets' according to his wife. How poetic.


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Posted 17 August 2019 - 09:14 PM

It would also put Hyakutake in a class of it's own.  Just a jaw dropper.  On several clear nights during a crisp Canadian winter it was a mind blower in terms of size and colour. Just enormous. I would also put Hale-Bopp in a class of it own. So bright for so long it was just unbelievable. Literaly back to back (overlapping) a tandem like these 2 is unlikely to be repeated.  There will never be a tandem like this ever again. 

 

/please mother nature prove me wrong! 


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Posted 18 August 2019 - 09:37 AM

Ya, I was thinking of the same thing!  We are sooooo due for a nice one to come through and I'm more ready than ever.  Lets all send good vibes to the comet gods!! 

 

Thanks all for bringing this topic up.

 

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 07:27 PM

What's up with this comet - Comet 168P/Hergenrother? I just saw a news feed that it's supposed to be naked eye visible later this month.  My first great comet to witness was West back in the mid/late 70's.

 

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#40 Carl H.

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 07:40 PM

Talk about a load of hype.

 

For starters, 168P hasn't been seen yet even though it is rapidly approaching perihelion. There's a good chance that its 2012 splitting events were more destructive than we thought and the comet no longer exists.

 

Even if it were still with us, the comet was only expected to brighten to 17th magnitude (or 12th if it experienced another round of outbursts). I have no idea where the claim of naked eye brightness came from.

 

Unfortunately, we will need to wait a while longer for another brilliant comet.


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#41 wargrafix

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 09:51 PM

Back in 1996 and 1997_98 light pollution was significantly less in the rural areas.

Now those same comets would either be invisible or meh

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 09:57 PM

Talk about a load of hype.

 

For starters, 168P hasn't been seen yet even though it is rapidly approaching perihelion. There's a good chance that its 2012 splitting events were more destructive than we thought and the comet no longer exists.

 

Even if it were still with us, the comet was only expected to brighten to 17th magnitude (or 12th if it experienced another round of outbursts). I have no idea where the claim of naked eye brightness came from.

 

Unfortunately, we will need to wait a while longer for another brilliant comet.

Thought saw or I would have seen more news and of course - mention here at CN. 



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Posted 18 August 2019 - 09:58 PM

What's up with this comet - Comet 168P/Hergenrother? I just saw a news feed that it's supposed to be naked eye visible later this month.  My first great comet to witness was West back in the mid/late 70's.

 

Ken

Here's the link that Carl H. posted in another thread on this comet.

 

http://www.astronome...org/?read=12955



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Posted 30 August 2019 - 11:04 PM

I hear yea, comet ISON was the last good one I saw, and it was when I first started the hobby.  Only saw it in town white zone with binoculars.



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Posted 31 August 2019 - 06:50 AM

Here's the link that Carl H. posted in another thread on this comet.

 

http://www.astronome...org/?read=12955



Or even the thread here on CN about press misrepresentations of this comet 

https://www.cloudyni...comet-nonsense/

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Posted 01 September 2019 - 09:25 AM

Hi Sean

 

To make your day (nights) here the probably nice next comet for this season:

https://www.cloudyni...18-w2-africano/

 

I'm a comet lover as well to give you an idea here's my sketch collection of the 24 last comets with a shape different that just a circular coma, since 6 years :

 

attachicon.gif 24cometsH_l.jpg

 

So go ahead,

 

When I was young the best one was comet West in 1976:

 

attachicon.gif west1976_l.jpg

 

Michel

This is so cool.  Thanks for sharing.  I was born right after Comet West so I missed that one.  Halley's Comet was the first one I remember seeing in a telescope.  My top 5 have to be:

 

1. Hale/Bopp

2. Halley

3. Hyakutake

4. McNaught

5. Holmes

 

When I read Starlight Nights I think back how great it would have been to search for comets and have a chance to actually discover one.  These days I think it's near impossible for a human to find one.



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Posted 01 September 2019 - 09:28 AM

I hear yea, comet ISON was the last good one I saw, and it was when I first started the hobby.  Only saw it in town white zone with binoculars.

ISON was pretty cool but never lived up to the hype.  It was a faint blob in the predawn sky.  SWAN was another fun one.  One of the greenest comets I've ever seen.



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Posted 01 September 2019 - 10:48 AM

hello all. new to the hobby with my new evo8. Just curious, are comets also included in the main databases with these tracker scopes?

As an aside, my first look through a telescope was in 95 to see halle bop. Pretty awesome along with saturn and dso's.

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Posted 08 September 2019 - 11:48 AM

I long for another bright comet like Hyakutake, Hale-Bopp, McNaught, West, Ikeya-Seki, Holmes, etc.


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Posted 08 September 2019 - 01:04 PM

hello all. new to the hobby with my new evo8. Just curious, are comets also included in the main databases with these tracker scopes?

No. New comets are discovered all the time and the ones discovered recently are already fading into obscurity, possibly to never be seen again, due to their incredibly long orbits. Some are even ejected out of the solar system, guaranteeing that we'll never see them again. It's impossible (and meaningless) to include such objects in a database.  

 

But a lot of PC planetary programs can calculate the orbit of a comet and point a GOTO scope at the comet's position, if you use the planetarium program to control the scope. 

 

 

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