Comet NEAT (C/2001 Q4) positions thru 5/17
Posted 12 May 2004 - 07:09 AM
Posted 12 May 2004 - 09:38 AM
Posted 12 May 2004 - 10:08 AM
Posted 12 May 2004 - 12:00 PM
Incidentally, the naked eye view was very impressive, too. Seeing both M44 and NEAT as smudges in the same region of the sky was quite exciting. I can't wait until these two get even closer. Photo-op.
I viewed NEAT through my 80mm scope, too, but it was MUCH better in the binos. Wider FOV framed it nicely, and I could see more of the tail in my binos, too. Don't know if this was because of the brighter exit pupil in my binos or what. Anyway, it was really really nice. I won't forget it.
Posted 12 May 2004 - 12:07 PM
Sorry, Jeff. I couldn't resist!
Then, I threw up my binos...
Posted 12 May 2004 - 12:46 PM
Posted 12 May 2004 - 12:53 PM
Posted 12 May 2004 - 03:46 PM
yes, very non-reflective FMC. you can tell the quality is high from the purple-green color. you can't see yourself at all it.
Posted 14 May 2004 - 08:44 PM
I had three binocs out and got about a half hour before clouds rolled in. Now it's skimming the tree-tops, so I'm in here rather than out there.
In Fujinon 16x70s, NEAT was in the same fov as M44, just about 3° below it.
In Celestron 25x100s, the field was to narrow to capture both at once, but NEAT looked better.
In Oberwerk 22x100, it was just out of the fov with M44, and it looked about the same as in the 25x.
There was a distinct core with a fairly large halo, maybe 20? arcmin. It appeared to me there was a slight stubby fan pointing out to the left/upper left. That would be south/south east.
I only had about 10-15 minutes of good observing. The 22x and 25x gave a much better view than the 16x because the magnification allowed seeing distinction between the core and the halo. At 25x, even the core had size to it.
Looked pretty cool.
Posted 14 May 2004 - 09:27 PM
Posted 15 May 2004 - 06:48 AM
Posted 15 May 2004 - 08:42 AM
Posted 15 May 2004 - 01:55 PM
Last night (Friday) the comet and M44 were very close and could see both quite well in my FOV the view was hampered only by very thin high clouds but could still see a slight tail like the night before. I am using the Burgess 15x70 on a mount.
Posted 15 May 2004 - 02:56 PM
Posted 15 May 2004 - 06:00 PM
Rub it in, why don't you? Go enjoy that comet! Still raining here.......
clear skies forecast for me tonight
Posted 16 May 2004 - 11:08 AM
I should get a second chance tonight...forecast is for clear skies again (but we'll see). Won't *quite* be the same...the comet and M44 will be a little farther apart...but I'll take what I can get.
Posted 16 May 2004 - 11:14 AM
Posted 16 May 2004 - 02:06 PM
Clear skies to all!
Posted 16 May 2004 - 02:12 PM
Posted 16 May 2004 - 03:28 PM
Posted 16 May 2004 - 05:59 PM
Tried without success to find the comet from North Wales location last night.
Back in Lancashire tonight.
I've just spent an hour out there locating and looking at the comet.
No sign of it or M44 naked eye , but not completely dark here at this time of year at 11pm.
Using Swift 10 x 50s hand -held ,I found M44 first and then almost precisely 4 degrees NW of M44 , located a fuzzy blob.
Transferred over to 15 x 70 Helios on tripod and mount and still a fuzzy blob , and moving faster through the field of view that I'd anticipated.
Set up my 102mm scope and tried various magnifications , but still a fuzzy blob.
Nice to have actually seen it , but this was by far the most "disappointing" comet I've seen.
Great night for viewing other things , insomuch as still above 60 degrees F approaching midnight and hardly a cloud in the sky.
Also tracked a west - east satellite fully illuminated throughout it's transit through the 15 x 70s.
My main conclusion from this little session is how much better a simple Alt -Az Manfrotto 501 head is to negotiate than a EQ scope mount :-)
Must go -- a TV documentary featuring one of my all -time favourite singer -songwriter Ray Davies from the Kinks has started !
Clear skies and happy comet -viewing to all -- Kenny.
Posted 16 May 2004 - 07:45 PM
Posted 17 May 2004 - 12:32 AM
>No sign of it or M44 naked eye , but not completely dark here at this time of year at 11pm.
Indeed not; we can say farewell to fully dark skies until late July...
I had my first view of it at 21:35 BST, and suspected the tail (Miyauchi 37x100). Came out again
an hour later and the tail was obvious, at least a degree was clearly present and I had the
impression of more (but could not see this "impression" with the coma outside the FoV).
This was also my first opportunity to use the UA T-mount. Love it! The only major drawback in use
is the one common to all altaz mounts: the zenith hole.