I was surprised to see two comets in one image when I opened January's Sky & T. It can be found on page 76 and was taken on Sept 8, 2019 by Gerald Rhemann. I have never seen this before and it makes me wonder how rare it is. The magnitude wasn't given but I'm suspecting they were too dim to be seen with a telescope (or at least my 10 inch). Has anybody here ever seen two comets in an eyepiece before?
Two comets in one picture
Posted 05 December 2019 - 12:11 PM
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Posted 05 December 2019 - 02:38 PM
Nope, never saw that before.
But in einarin's link I could only make out the one in the middle.
Oh! I found it, the green glob around 9 o'clock?
In the vastness of Space, I wouldn't be surprised if two at once couldn't be found though.
I was able to catch the Comet Catalina as it was disappearing.
Stellarium helped me get onto it, and my Orion G3 captured it.
Video's made from series of stills.
The Comet Catalina 02-06-16
The Comet Catalina 02-17-16
Edited by SonnyE, 05 December 2019 - 02:44 PM.
Posted 05 December 2019 - 04:22 PM
I've never observed two comets, together in a telescope eyepiece. The closest I've ever gotten is imaging two pieces of comet Schwassmann-Wachmann after it disintegrated. The attached image has a FOV of 18x36 arc-minutes and the pieces have a separation of about 30 arc-minutes (taken on 3/30/06). That's close enough to be seen together in an telescope, but they probably were too faint to be visually observed.
Edit: Actually, fragment 73P-B S-W was about 10th. magnitude and should have been an easy target at the time this image was taken. So, maybe fragment 73P-G might also have been visible in a large scope.
Edited by *skyguy*, 05 December 2019 - 10:36 PM.
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Posted 06 December 2019 - 05:45 AM
Posted 06 December 2019 - 05:50 AM
so sad I have no access to Vimeo... they ask me 6$ per month
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Posted 06 December 2019 - 12:19 PM
Thanks for the responses. Hopefully that is something I will get to see visually someday. There is a 30 inch telescope not too far away (Pennsylvania Oil Region Astronomical Society) and if there is ever any notice something like that will happen in the future it would be an amazing sight, regardless of how dim one or both are.
Posted 14 December 2019 - 02:15 PM
What ever scope you use you'd need a rather wide FOV. It would be cool to see.