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#1 TienTran@134

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Posted 31 March 2024 - 08:45 PM

   I was quite fortunate to have a view of this comet recently. When twilight approached there was still a thick cloud layer that covered most of the sky but low in the western horizon everything was clear. 

  

   I focused my scope on Jupiter and then easily found the star Hamal in Aries. Checked Stellarium again for the comet and had a look through my 80mm scope. I started seeing a faint fuzzy glow nearby; sandwiched between a mag 4 Lambda Arietis and mag 2 Hamal. I noticed it's bluish in color and the nucleus looked like a tiny star embedded within the coma. No tail was detected possibly because of the heavy light pollution. 

   But still I am very happy to finally see this icy friend; I have tried and failed 3 times before that. 

 

   Sketching was done at 12x of magnification. The bluish hue is supposed to represent the twilight sky seeing through the scope because at the time I saw the comet the sky hadn't completely dark yet. The bright orange in the top left corner is Hamal. 

 

   Thank you for reading and Clear Sky waytogo.gif waytogo.gif waytogo.gif !!!

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#2 Procyon Lotor

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Posted 31 March 2024 - 09:00 PM

Nice! I just observed it for the second time on Friday night and made a sketch. If I get around to cleaning up I will post too. Something interesting I saw was some darker wedges in the coma. Did you see anything like that?


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Posted 31 March 2024 - 09:09 PM

Tien ,fine capture I have really struggled with this one ,thanks for sharing  Jon


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#4 TienTran@134

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Posted 31 March 2024 - 09:15 PM

Nice! I just observed it for the second time on Friday night and made a sketch. If I get around to cleaning up I will post too. Something interesting I saw was some darker wedges in the coma. Did you see anything like that?

   I didn't know there was details visible in the coma so I just stopped at detecting the comet and never observed it in detail. Maybe I need to observe this comet more when I get a chance. 



#5 TienTran@134

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Posted 31 March 2024 - 09:19 PM

Tien ,fine capture I have really struggled with this one ,thanks for sharing  Jon

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Posted 31 March 2024 - 09:23 PM

Great sketch Tien
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Posted 01 April 2024 - 10:58 AM

Tien,

 

Nice sketch of Comet 12P/Pons - Brooks smile.gif .

 

CDS,KLU,

 

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Tom


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#8 TienTran@134

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Posted 01 April 2024 - 07:41 PM

Great sketch Tien

 

 

Tien,

 

Nice sketch of Comet 12P/Pons - Brooks smile.gif .

 

CDS,KLU,

 

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Tom

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Posted 01 April 2024 - 10:38 PM

Nice sketch, reminds me of the view I got of 2022 ztf with my friend last year.

Good memories

Edited by AGrayson, 01 April 2024 - 10:39 PM.

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Posted 02 April 2024 - 06:04 PM

Tien,

 

Excellent sketch of comet 12P/ Pons Brooks.

Well done.

 

Frank :)


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