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Set your alarms, Comet Neowise is putting on a GOOD show..

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#1 17.5Dob

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Posted 05 July 2020 - 10:11 PM

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Posted 05 July 2020 - 10:26 PM

thanks for the tip .


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Posted 05 July 2020 - 10:45 PM

thanks for the tip .

 

+1 waytogo.gif  I wasn't aware of this one. From a quick Google search, here's some info:

 

 

How to see Comet NEOWISE
Posted by Eddie Irizarry in SPACE | July 5, 2020

https://earthsky.org...2020-f3-neowise

 

Comet NEOWISE could give skywatchers a dazzling show this month. Here's what to know.
By Joe Rao - July 5, 2020

https://www.space.co...y-forecast.html

 

 

With my modest scopes and local light pollution, I don't usually try to view comets but this one may be worth a try. 

 

Cheers! Bob F. smile.gif


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Posted 05 July 2020 - 11:19 PM

I'll have to wait until later in July when it is in the evening sky, too many tall mountains to the East and Northeast. 


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Posted 06 July 2020 - 12:32 AM

I'll have to wait until later in July when it is in the evening sky, too many tall mountains to the East and Northeast. 

And the bright moon will be safely below the horizon at that time. Despite being dimmer, the comet will be quite a bit higher in the sky and free from lunar light pollution. I'm thinking the view in a week will actually be better than the current early-morning apparition. 


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Posted 06 July 2020 - 03:27 AM

Don't worry  about light pollution, this comet is BRIGHT. 

 

Yesterday, I watched the tail rise, the head was below the horizon. That was 27 minutes after astronomical twilight. I saw the comet as a streak naked eye until about 50 minutes before sunrise, I saw it in my 15x70s until about 20 minutes before sunrise.  

 

Don't wait..

 

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 03:33 AM

Muggy and humid here, comet would be 5° high at 5 AM local; but worth a try!!!

 

From theskylive.com:

 

NEOWISE 5AM 7-6-20.JPG



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Posted 06 July 2020 - 04:30 AM

Muggy and humid here, comet would be 5° high at 5 AM local; but worth a try!!!

 

From theskylive.com:

 

attachicon.gifNEOWISE 5AM 7-6-20.JPG

OK...right...good news is, I can easily get to a couple of spots where the comet would be visible (one by driving, one I think within a few dozens of yards from my front door - surprisingly!!). Bad news: there was a persistent cloud bank pretty much exactly where the comet ought to be from 5 - 5:15AM...and Venus itself was pretty reddened by the humidity, even though it's only like 70°F...and nothing at all visible in 7 x 35 binoculars. By 5:15, the reddening effect on Venus was much subdued.

 

Oh well, maybe tomorrow morning. Urgency factor: each day, the Moon gets closer to that area of the sky...should not present much of an issue since I'll be looking for the comet in dawning twilight anyway.



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Posted 06 July 2020 - 05:38 AM

I agree with Jon- don't wait.  Today was my first morning with a clear sky to the east.  I was set up at 4:30 AM CDT and had the comet located within a minute of starting a 'picket-fence' search pattern.  The comet was visible with direct vision after I knew where to stare.  The comet's tail is pleasing in form and size already.  I was able to enjoy the views at various magnifications but found the view to be best with my ST80 and 24 Pan.

 

I've included a shot from my hand-held Galaxy S10 looking through the ST80.  The tail's significant extent is visible when you move the screen around.

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 06:16 AM

My wife and I observed Comet NEOWISE F3 from the Naylor Observatory this morning. It was quite warm and muggy and the transparency was mediocre. She saw it first using using her 10x50s. I then swept it up with my 15x70s. A few minutes later I had it in the field of view of my 80mm f/5 Orion ST80 refractor at 17x (24mm Explore Scientific 68 degree). I then upped the magnification to 57x (7mm Tele Vue Nagler Type 6). The coma was bright and condensed and the dust tail was quite visible even with the waning gibbous Moon and the brightening sky.
 

https://www.spacewea...map_06jul20.png


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Posted 06 July 2020 - 06:51 AM

Fresh out of the camera...300mm lens, very easy naked eye object, spectacular in binoculars.

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 07:14 AM

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 08:34 AM

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Is the brighter star above it Capella?


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Posted 06 July 2020 - 08:45 AM

A couple I know - staying at their lake-front camp in North-Central PA had some good views on 4th - but alas, I was too tired to get up that morning. The last 2 mornings here in NY's Southern Tier have featured clouds. While tonight is suppose to be "thunderstorms" the forecasts are for a few clear hours at dawn - so I'm hopeful.


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Posted 06 July 2020 - 08:51 AM

Is the brighter star above it Capella?

No, that's Theta Auriga, Capella is much higher...The Comet is just barely above the horizon  as the sky starts to brighten before dawn.


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Posted 06 July 2020 - 09:26 AM

No, that's Theta Auriga, Capella is much higher...The Comet is just barely above the horizon  as the sky starts to brighten before dawn.

OK thanks. I'm going to the beach early in the morning so I might leave a little earlier than I normally would to see if I can locate it.


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Posted 06 July 2020 - 10:32 AM

Caught it this morning through the clouds and 100 miles of atmosphere...  Still, worth getting up at o'dark thirty...

 

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 11:05 AM

This literally came out of nowhere...hadnt heard about it.

 

I am usually up at 5am these days (sunrise 530)...will get up a little earlier tomorrow.

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 12:25 PM

Caught it this morning through the clouds and 100 miles of atmosphere...  Still, worth getting up at o'dark thirty...

 

WOW!  Excellent image!  Thanks very much for sharing!

 

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 12:32 PM

This is quite exciting. I'll indeed be setting my alarm atrociously early! We seem to be having a little bit of drought conditions here in Vermont lately, but the "drought" in spectacular comets has gone on for years!


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Posted 06 July 2020 - 04:58 PM

I wouldn't describe F3 as "spectacular" (yet) but having a REAL comet with a REAL tail is a wonderful change.  I'd go so far to say that this comet is the best thing to happen in this awful year.


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Posted 06 July 2020 - 07:09 PM

I wouldn't describe F3 as "spectacular" (yet) but having a REAL comet with a REAL tail is a wonderful change.

Yes, it's not Hale-Bopp or West....but it's the best thing since Hale-Bopp...if we weren't trying to view it at 5* elevation, with all of that atmospheric extinction...it would be "spectacular".....10* more altitude and it would look like Comet Bennett.
 

In any event, it is an extremely easy naked eye object, even with the near Full Moon and dawn competing, and the above images are only 3-4 second single exposures using a 70-300mm zoom lens at ISO 800 and f6.3.

 


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Posted 06 July 2020 - 07:14 PM

This literally came out of nowhere...hadnt heard about it.

 

I am usually up at 5am these days (sunrise 530)...will get up a little earlier tomorrow.

Ed

I'd heard of it a few days ago, as a possibility, but then saw a lot of photos starting to trickle in July 5.

You need to be up just as Astronomical Twilight ends at your location. It's just clearing the horizon then, and there's only 45min or so before dawn get's too bright



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Posted 06 July 2020 - 07:27 PM

Yes, it's not Hale-Bopp or West....but it's the best thing since Hale-Bopp...if we weren't trying to view it at 5* elevation, with all of that atmospheric extinction...it would be "spectacular".....10* more altitude and it would look like Comet Bennett.
 

In any event, it is an extremely easy naked eye object, even with the near Full Moon and dawn competing, and the above images are only 3-4 second single exposures using a 70-300mm zoom lens at ISO 800 and f6.3.

 

 

2020F3 is honestly nothing when compared to Comet Bennett back in the spring of 1970. That was a real Great Comet, zero magnitude with twin tails upwards of 20 degrees long each and with incredible spiraling jet structure around its nucleus. NEOWISE is maybe 2nd magnitude, perhaps with just a couple of degrees of tail so far. Big difference.

 

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 07:36 PM

It's visible naked eye until about 50 minutes before sunrise. And those are my 72 year old eyes.

 

I'm not complaining.

 

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