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#1 Aquarellia

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 03:20 AM

Finally the apparition of C/2020 F3 was a very good surprise!

Very brilliant, but still in the sun's glow for some mornings. 

With my bino Vixen 126mm and two 16mm eyepieces (40x), from 5h00 to 5h30 Local time (3 UTC) I had 30 minutes to prepare this watercolor.

That will be more and more magic for the next mornings.

 

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2020F3  2020 07 03.12  I  1.5:TK 12.6B 5  40 & 5   D7 & 15.0m300 ICQ XX DECaa

 

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 03:33 AM

Beautiful.  


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Posted 03 July 2020 - 04:58 AM

Fantastic! Can it be that bright? It looks almost mag -1 from that sketch.


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Posted 03 July 2020 - 09:10 AM

Thank you Scott

 

Fantastic! Can it be that bright? It looks almost mag -1 from that sketch.

Thanks, but this is the first time I've seen someone do a photometric estimate from one of my watercolors: lol.gif

Seriously, you're right, the two stars at the top left of my painting are Theta Aurigae +2.6 and Menkalinan +1.9, the only star I used for comparison was Elnath +1.67 but out of this field.

This is why I add ":" after 1.5: (which really means not sure) in the ICQ string.

But frankly, it was too difficult to make a correct estimation in the already bright sun glow.

Also take a look here: http://https://www.c...ise/?p=10305881

So, you may be right, the magn 0 was mensioned yesterday and increases ...

The very last estimation was just made by Carl Hergenrother : +1.6 

A great suspense for tomorrow !

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 09:34 AM

Michel,

 

Very nice Water Color of C/2020 F3 (Neowize) smile.gif .

 

CS,KLU,

 

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 10:35 AM

Michel,

 

A wonderful capture of this comet in the morning twilight.

You do this so well.

 

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 04:03 PM

Hello Michel,

 

what a delicious morning atmosphere, you must have enjoyed yourself!

 

Good luck for tomorrow,

Francis


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Posted 03 July 2020 - 06:23 PM

Beautiful scene, Michel! 

 

I'm going to try for it in the morning but it might be behind the mountain.


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Posted 04 July 2020 - 01:25 AM

hi all,

 

Michel:

what a nice morning with this bright comet !

Please more.

 

Here are only clouds...

 

CS

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Posted 04 July 2020 - 02:54 AM

Here four "more technical" views made this very morning :

 

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I whish you all a morning North East clear sky

 

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Posted 04 July 2020 - 03:39 AM

Nice observations and sketches, thank you Michel,

 

You were very lucky this morning, here in Cap Ferret, at the same time, the North East sky was obscured by sea mist over the Arcachon Basin mad.gif



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Posted 04 July 2020 - 08:57 AM

Fantastic sketchwork, Michel--all of them.  smile.gif  waytogo.gif 

 

I went up to my high field with my 12x36 image stabilized binoculars this morning at 0900 UT (5:00 local), about an hour before local sunrise, hoping to see NEOWISE.  Unfortunately, the mountain to my east gets higher to the northeast so I wasn't very optimistic.  El Nath didn't rise above the mountain until 0915 UT and by the time the comet would have been above the mountain I couldn't see El Nath in the binoculars anymore.  I scanned for it but no joy.  frown.gif   I might try again tomorrow morning.

 

While I was waiting for the comet to rise I looked around and could see Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and Venus tracing out the ecliptic down to the glow of the Sun below the horizon.  A nice opportunity to see the Solar System in three dimensions.  Starting at Mars, I imagined looking out past the Asteroid Belt to Jupiter and behind it (not beside) distant Saturn.  Turning around, there was Venus, inside our orbit, and, hidden by the Earth, the glowing Sun.  cool.gif 

 

It was a gorgeous early morning here, clear, warm and still.  As I waited for the comet, a wood thrush began to sing, followed by some cardinals and a barred owl hooted up the holler.  So I really wasn't too disappointed I missed seeing the comet.  smile.gif 


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Posted 04 July 2020 - 10:15 AM

Hi Michael

A nice report !  Romantic and scientific. Thanks a lot to share that here.

Indeed if a terrestrial mountain is between us and the comet that's no good... I have the same problem so I drive my car for 10 to 15 minutes so each morning I test another observation area.  

 

Here a photo of the situation at the end of the session, in the background our "Great Canyon" the clifs of the Verdon.

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Tomorrow I will maybe choose a lavenda field as foreground.

 

Michel


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Posted 04 July 2020 - 08:50 PM

Michel,

 

Very nice. I was able to find the comet in this image by enlarging and changing the contrast.

 

Frank :)


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Posted 04 July 2020 - 10:49 PM

This morning the comet was easy to see naked eye, I can see but not so easy the tail, still naked eye.

I had organized my session in an original area, next watercolor here soon.

Michel


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Posted 05 July 2020 - 06:18 AM

So here's the result:

 

Sketch

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The sky was calm, pure and clear, a dream !

I was able to detect the comet just near the horizon, as on my sketch, that was a nice moment !

The two stars close to the comet (HD 2122 and HD 40787) were well placed to measure the size of the tail and the coma.

My magnitude estimate was +2.0. So decreasing, however the increase in height helps a lot.  Also from tomorrow the moon will probably interfere ...

 

Here my last watercolor selfie, just dry for you!

AQUARELLE- c2020F3-20200705aqu-s_l.jpg

 

I am using a new observation site, very close to my observatory but with a much better horizon. It is in a very famous area, the lavender fields, they are just in bloom +/- from June 15 to July 10. You can imagine the lavender smells I had during the session!

 

Kind regards to you all

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Posted 05 July 2020 - 08:43 AM

Wonderful, Michel!  What a great looking comet--and the selfie puts us there right with you.  cool.gif

 

I didn't try for it this morning--clouds and I also calculated that it just won't rise above the mountain before the sky gets too bright.  My Starry Nights software shows it moving gradually NE--and the mountain increases in elevation to the NE.  tongue2.gif   I may have to wait until it appears in the evening sky.

 

Over in the SSO forum, Phil Creed was comparing the appearance of NEOWISE to that of C/2006 P1 (McNaught).  It was bright, low, and had an uneven forked tail.  What do you think?

 

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Posted 05 July 2020 - 09:17 AM

Wonderful, Michel!  What a great looking comet--and the selfie puts us there right with you.  cool.gif

 

I didn't try for it this morning--clouds and I also calculated that it just won't rise above the mountain before the sky gets too bright.  My Starry Nights software shows it moving gradually NE--and the mountain increases in elevation to the NE.  tongue2.gif   I may have to wait until it appears in the evening sky.

 

Over in the SSO forum, Phil Creed was comparing the appearance of NEOWISE to that of C/2006 P1 (McNaught).  It was bright, low, and had an uneven forked tail.  What do you think?

 

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Exactly, this is very similar, my own estimation of the tail long is also very similar 26' for the longer tail

Interesting comparison !

 

Michel



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Posted 05 July 2020 - 10:57 AM

Michel,

 

So very special are these two watercolor sketches.

Lovely looking both and the lavender smells can be imagined.

Wonderful

 

Frank :)


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Posted 05 July 2020 - 11:20 AM

Beautiful work Michel :)
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Posted 07 July 2020 - 07:11 AM

Hi Michel, I ´ve seen the comet for the first time this morning ! Very incredible moment when it appears in the orange morning light underneath Capella which stays for few minutes longer in the darker sky! I’ll post very soon my drawing of that magical appearance !
thank you for making me aware of this observation
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Posted 07 July 2020 - 09:40 AM

I got to see the comet this morning and made this sketch. smile.gif   I could only see it for 8 minutes before the sky washed out but that was good enough--it's bright.

 

Soft pastel pencils, a Conte' pencil, and a white gel pen on Canson color paper.

 

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 09:44 AM

I finally found it after about 15 minutes of sweeping with 7 x 35 binoculars this morning at 5:22AM EDT. Lots of cloud drifts the comet played hide and seek with ;) . But I certainly saw and held it in view for about 30 seconds before moving up again to Capella and then trying again to locate it (...and miserably failing as those pesky cloud drifts were cheating!!). Visually, it jived most closely with post #10.


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Posted 07 July 2020 - 10:56 AM

Thank you to you all !

 

Hi Michel, I ´ve seen the comet for the first time this morning ! Very incredible moment when it appears in the orange morning light underneath Capella which stays for few minutes longer in the darker sky! I’ll post very soon my drawing of that magical appearance !
thank you for making me aware of this observation
Clear sky
Francis

Nice to ear that Francis.

There is a local newspaper with an article about my observation.  I think that I am not allowed  to share this via CN so I send it to you in personal message.

 

I got to see the comet this morning and made this sketch. smile.gif   I could only see it for 8 minutes before the sky washed out but that was good enough--it's bright.

 

Soft pastel pencils, a Conte' pencil, and a white gel pen on Canson color paper.

 

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Hey nice Michael, another sympathetic approach !

Best

 

Michel
 



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Posted 07 July 2020 - 11:44 AM

Michel, I'm just trying to keep up with you.  lol.gif




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