Just curious as to others' luck at finding this comet. I am an experienced observer and I have better than average vision for someone my age ( almost 75 y/o) .I've been into the hobby since late 1957 . This comet has proven to be the most difficult object to find in my life. I have in fact be completely unable to find it. I've used 9X63 binoculars and an 80 mm refractor. I can't find a trace of it. One thing that really stands out to me is that there has been no flurry of photographs as is normally the case , and I've not seen one mention of the comet by other observers . What's going on ? ? ?
Posted 25 September 2020 - 02:22 PM
Mag 13.7 is what's going on (IMO). Gonna need a large OTA and dark skies to have half a chance.
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Posted 25 September 2020 - 02:28 PM
It's also low on the horizon in the southwest in the early evening, it's not far from Antares. That makes it extra tough.
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Posted 25 September 2020 - 03:08 PM
Sky & Telescope says it's magnitude 9 or maybe a hair brighter . Well, if it's 13th magnitude-no wonder I haven't been able to find the thing. I won't try again . I knew where it's supposed to be and that's why I was so puzzled about being unable to find it. Thanks everybody !
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Posted 25 September 2020 - 04:25 PM
I believe It was supposed to reach Mag 9 but not sure if that happened.
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Posted 26 September 2020 - 11:42 PM
According to this website:
Comet Howell is at mag 8.6 and expected to stay as bright as mag 9.x through November.
For comet photographs check the website:
and look for the gallery link. Although the site itself is geared towards spaceweather phenomenon (auroras, noctilucent clouds, photos of the sun, etc.) the gallery often has photos of astronomical events such as conjunctions, ISS passages, and supernova and comet discoveries. There must have been hundreds of photos of NEOWISE posted in the last couple months. Right now there's a photo of Howell passing through the Antares nebular complex.