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16 years 7 months ago #53079 by TrevorDurity
Replied by TrevorDurity on topic Re: New Naked Eye Comet - 17/P Holmes
Here's another one. Minolta 7D + Sigma 170-500mm @ 170mm. 10 seconds stopped down to f5.6. Comet is at the bottom.



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16 years 7 months ago #53080 by paulevans
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Didn't know you were a Minolta man Trevor. 5D here - love it to bits!

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16 years 7 months ago #53081 by TrevorDurity
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Gotta love Minolta Paul! Pity they dropped out of the market. End of an era.

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16 years 7 months ago #53086 by Seanie_Morris
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Comet definetly shows a very bright nucleus (slightly-elongated perhaps?) with a bright diffuse region surrounding it. Nucleus appears off-centre relative to surrouding material.


I wonder then Mike if the way you have seen it is how it is travelling? I mean, it is down as travelling 10 arcmin per day, so maybe before dawn, you'll definitely notice that elongation get more elongated. :)

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Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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16 years 7 months ago #53087 by albertw
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Just for comparison, this is from 5 days ago:

www.flickr.com/photos/jrs63/1662769764/in/photostream/

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Chairperson, International Dark Sky Association - Irish Section
www.darksky.ie/

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16 years 7 months ago #53088 by gnason
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This comet is easy to spot naked eye even with the Moon and suburban skies and really bright in binoculars. It's in the same binocular FOV as Delta Persei and in my opinion the same magnitude, i.e. 3.0. It's like a nova has appeared in Perseus!

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