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Comet Atlas: Collinder 65 En Passant

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#1 David Gray

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Posted 22 November 2020 - 08:38 AM

Finally last night a good spell of clear after the continuing procession of un-forecast cloud. 

 

With the 12x65s, extra-focally, made the comet 8.3.  Using my wife’s Swift 10x50s I could just fit Atlas and the head of Orion (Cr 69) in the 7º field.  Had they fitted closer I might well have sketched that very nice field also. But I could see more cloud crowding in the west;  putting any notion of doing that scene anyway right out of mind.

 

Looks as though I got stars fainter than mag. 11 on the sketch but perhaps only near complete to a magnitude brighter.

 

A little haste creeping in: the seeing had been steadily improving with Mars and I decided to get to bed for an early rise to get Mercury.  Likely my final (4th) Mercury attempt this elongation........alas as with before seeing too poor (Venus a hopeless blur) and un-forecast cloud building that direction.........~maybe~ one more try tomorrow a.m.....Dave

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Edited by David Gray, 22 November 2020 - 08:45 AM.

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Posted 22 November 2020 - 10:04 AM

Another fine capture and rendering!



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Posted 22 November 2020 - 10:13 AM

David,

 

A very fine sketch of comet Atlas in the starfield of Collinder 65.



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Posted 22 November 2020 - 12:41 PM

Beautiful work!
Thank you!
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Posted 23 November 2020 - 07:10 AM

Wonderful sketch Dave!



#6 David Gray

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Posted 23 November 2020 - 07:56 AM

Many Thanks mdowns, Frank, Randolph, Trent and the Likers........smile.gif

 

Another deeply clear sky last night and decided on a close-up with the 16.3" D-K and

a surprising fair bit of fleeting structure caught.

 

Hope to post the rendering asap.....poor daylight for a camera shot/'scan' of it

so far, and not retaining the attempted subtleties right; will try again after dinner......! 

 

Cheers,

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Posted 23 November 2020 - 12:39 PM

David,

 

Very fine sketch of Comet Atlas: Collinder 65 En Passant smile.gif .

 

CS,KLU,

 

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Posted 23 November 2020 - 12:49 PM

Perfect and I like the wording  "En passant".

Michel


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Posted 24 November 2020 - 07:31 AM

Perfect and I like the wording  "En passant".

Michel

I do believe Mr. Gray is a chess afcicionado!


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Posted 24 November 2020 - 09:48 AM

Dave,

 

Very realistic rendering of this comet's appearance.  like-button.jpg



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Posted 24 November 2020 - 05:54 PM

Hi David,

A very nice rendition of Atlas... Well done!

Clear skies,

Darren.

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Posted 25 November 2020 - 06:59 AM

Many Thanks Tom, Michel, Trent, Michael, Darren........smile.gif

 

Clear forecast for tonight; Moon getting higher/stronger now,

so I guess its checkmate as far as  Atlas is concerned........smirk.gif

 

Cheers,
Dave.


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