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

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#51 mfoose

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 02:22 PM

Woke up at 4am hoping the skies were clear, forecasts said they wouldn't be, and they were clouded over. Unfortunately, weather for me (Southeastern Pennsylvania) looks bad until maybe Friday or Saturday. Even then we may have a coastal storm. Jury is out on the track of it so far. Hoping that NEOWISE lasts long enough to see it here. Will be very existing if it stays bright as it enters the evening sky and the Moon continues to wane. But as David Levy puts it, “Comets are like cats: they have tails, and they do precisely what they want.” Glad to see all of these pictures and hear of the sightings! Hoping to see it myself soon.



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Posted 07 July 2020 - 02:50 PM

To Jon Isaacs, I am jealous of your observing location.  To be able to see the tail at the horizon with the head still down is something completely impossible with all the humidity and dust here in the midwest.  VERY cool.  Thanks for sharing.


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Posted 07 July 2020 - 02:58 PM

Yes pretty much. But close to the horizon during dawn.

 

Use this website to generate a finder chart for your location and time:

 

https://theskylive.com/c2020f3-info

I think I can find it on my Safari app but I will look at this as well. Thanx !  



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Posted 07 July 2020 - 03:44 PM

Set the alarm for 4 a.m. every forecast had it either cloudy or foggy, really didn't feel like getting out of bed, but knew I wouldn't be able to go back to sleep unless I looked Looked out the back door crystal clear out I'm in South Jersey I went to bed with it raining and storming and very humid it's now 64 degrees and Crystal Clear Jupiter and Saturn are beaming next to the large Moon I grabbed my camera and tripod head out the door figure I can't go far sun's coming up drove to an athletic field about a mile down the road pulled in got out looked up l could swear I see something below Auriga put my binoculars on it and yelled out loud oh my God beautiful nice tail pretty bright got me excited got down to taking pictures got some decent ones I'm a happy man once again beat the weather forecast next clear morning which I will set the alarm clock for everyone for the next 2 weeks or so if not longer I'll put my 5 inch f5 refractor on it.
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Posted 07 July 2020 - 03:47 PM

I'm getting ready to setup. The comet should rise at 4:01am. Its no longer behind the mountain and now may rise a bit early. 

 

Clear skies..

 

Jon

Ideally need:  Lower  temps, lower humidity, a darker predawn sky.  Otherwise, this is it:

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 04:12 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.

 

The best comet since Comet Hale-Bopp in the northern hemisphere, perhaps.

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 05:24 PM

Woke up at 4am hoping the skies were clear, forecasts said they wouldn't be, and they were clouded over. Unfortunately, weather for me (Southeastern Pennsylvania) looks bad until maybe Friday or Saturday. Even then we may have a coastal storm. Jury is out on the track of it so far. Hoping that NEOWISE lasts long enough to see it here. Will be very existing if it stays bright as it enters the evening sky and the Moon continues to wane. But as David Levy puts it, “Comets are like cats: they have tails, and they do precisely what they want.” Glad to see all of these pictures and hear of the sightings! Hoping to see it myself soon.

Hey, anywhere you recommend locally that has a good horizon to catch this comet? I tried a few times to catch a comet at the aptly named Comet Field Park near Millersville because the tree line near me is so bad, but to no avail. Definitely in agreement about the poor weather we've had in Lancaster lately though. 


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Posted 07 July 2020 - 05:29 PM

This was just posted in the Solar System observing thread!

 

ALPO needs your help with all your observations and pictures! https://www.cloudyni...wise-observers/



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Posted 07 July 2020 - 05:37 PM

Astronomical twilight ends at 2:30 here. 

 

Got up at 2:30, 3:00, 3:30 and finally 4:00 AM.

 

Did see the comet at 4:00 with dawn fairly advanced.  It was pretty impressive given how far into the day it was.

 

Observed with a 80mm scope and 5X24 binoculars.  

 

It looked like Comet Bennet.  My personal thought was that if higher in the sky the two would be quite similar.

 

I will get up tomorrow and see how it goes.  There is a gap in the hills around here and the comet should be moving into the gap.

 

BOTTOM line....go out and see it.


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Posted 07 July 2020 - 06:22 PM

Hey, anywhere you recommend locally that has a good horizon to catch this comet? I tried a few times to catch a comet at the aptly named Comet Field Park near Millersville because the tree line near me is so bad, but to no avail. Definitely in agreement about the poor weather we've had in Lancaster lately though. 

Sending PM


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Posted 07 July 2020 - 09:30 PM

Setting my alarm for 3:30 AM and readying my coffee pot to wake me up to fresh brew. I've been itching for a decent comet for some time.
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Posted 07 July 2020 - 10:22 PM

Setting my alarm for 3:30 AM and readying my coffee pot to wake me up to fresh brew. I've been itching for a decent comet for some time.

Good luck !!!



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Posted 08 July 2020 - 12:22 AM

maybe a newbie question

 

is now the best time to see it?...or will it be better later this month...in particular when it becomes an evening object?


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Posted 08 July 2020 - 12:35 AM

When dealing with something as rare as a decent comet, I don't wait.  Weather and life can get in the way.  I would advise seeing it now while it is performing nicely.  The future is not guaranteed for anything or for any of us.  (Not trying to sound too grim...)

 

I'm typing this at 12:30 AM and will be staying up to see it for the second time.  Picking up my observing buddy at 3:50 AM.  Will go to bed at 5:30 after getting home.  Gear is already loaded.


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Posted 08 July 2020 - 01:04 AM

maybe a newbie question

 

is now the best time to see it?...or will it be better later this month...in particular when it becomes an evening object?

Maybe, maybe not. Only way to tell is do the experiment and view on either side of the dark. That’s my plan. Already did the reconnaissance and found my observing location which will be high on the other side of the hill I live on. Will be able to see all the way to the horizon to the NE. Gear already packed in the car.

 

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Posted 08 July 2020 - 01:27 AM

maybe a newbie question

 

is now the best time to see it?...or will it be better later this month...in particular when it becomes an evening object?

Magnitude wise, probably. Position wise, uncertain.  I remember a similar comet 4-5 years ago and that one I saw in the NW so it probably wasn't as visible in the NNE before that.  Maybe.



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Posted 08 July 2020 - 03:48 AM

No luck yesterday; rain arrived shortly before midnight... However, tonight looks pretty good. I have a small hill close to home, from where I can look. For the first time since Hale-Bopp, I'm happy to live far north.

 

What is the visual magnitude of the comet? Stellarium gives +1.5 at the moment. Heavens-above.com gives +2.5.



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Posted 08 July 2020 - 04:39 AM

I would have estimated magnitude 1 or so - pretty bright! - based on yesterday morning's observation in the waxing dawn.


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Posted 08 July 2020 - 04:54 AM

These were taken at 5:20 this morning. I was enjoying my view through my binoculars a little too much when it was a little darker out. grin.gif

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Posted 08 July 2020 - 05:10 AM

Just got back from my second viewing of NEOWISE.  I was very pleasantly surprised at how well my new phone was able to capture the view we got through the ST80 and 13 Ethos.  Note the golden color, the dark division in the middle of the tail(s), and the slight bend in the tail.

 

4:24 AM CDT

43.6 degrees N

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Posted 08 July 2020 - 05:18 AM

Bust for me.  Out there at 4:10am CST (northern WI, 45.9N) Sunrise at 5:17am.  Already kind of bright more than an hour before sunrise.  Facing NE with Venus shining bright and a visible star to the left (either Capella or Menkalinan).  I scanned until 4:45am with binoculars and nothing.  Pretty clear skies but possible it was hiding behind a wisp if a cloud here and there.

 

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Posted 08 July 2020 - 06:28 AM

Good luck !!!

Didn't need any "luck" because it was too bright to miss. Mighty fine display. Easily the best I've seen since Hale-Bopp. Easy to photograph with just my phone on a tripod, too. Just an absolute gem of a comet. 

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Posted 08 July 2020 - 06:49 AM

I didn't even pull out my binoculars this morning, it was so bright and obvious including the tail...or should I say "Tails"

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Posted 08 July 2020 - 07:04 AM

Tried again today and clouds on the eastern horizon foiled the morning.  Tomorrow looks more promising.



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Posted 08 July 2020 - 07:27 AM

Talked with my son in Bay City., Mi last night and he was going to attempt viewing it before heading into work.

 

I planned on getting up and driving out east of my locality.  At 350 I looked out and convinced myself it was "hazy" and slept for another 1.5 hours.

 

My son texted me and indicated it was "spectacular."

 

Hoping the clear weather holds out until tomorrow AM.  I have my location scouted out and should be on site by 410am.

 

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