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16 years 7 months ago #53111 by Frank Ryan
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Sweet!
First image of a comet! :D



Taken with the ETX125PE.
Phillips Spc900 webcam (no barlow)

Here's a wide angle shot similar to the lads above..




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It's not showing up on the bigger image but I can see a darker area in the core..

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16 years 7 months ago #53114 by JohnONeill
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Hi,

Later in the evening I tried the 4.8mm eyepiece on my 25cm f/5 refl.

Within the very bright disc, there appeared an almost stellar point of light. It was offset very near the edge.

So the comet has four components:
1. Faint diffuse halo, although thin cloud made this difficult to gauge.
2. Bright inner halo.
3. Very Bright central disc.
4. Almost stellar point, offset in the central disc.

(Yes Gordon, it does look like a bright version of the Eskimo Nebula)

It should be interesting to see how it developes (I am sure it will turn cloudy...)


John

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16 years 7 months ago #53122 by Seanie_Morris
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Isn't astronomy just a fantastic hobby! You just never know what the universe will throw at you!


In most cases I would prefer to know!;)

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

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16 years 7 months ago #53138 by johnomahony
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Seanie Morris wrote:

Isn't astronomy just a fantastic hobby! You just never know what the universe will throw at you!


Just like the wife :lol:


The Lord giveth, the Revenue taketh away. (John 1:16)

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16 years 7 months ago #53142 by dave_lillis
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wow, this thing has become very bright, nice images lads BTW, tonight's the night to catch it as the weather is turning sour tomorrow. :(

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but what a way to go. :)
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16 years 7 months ago #53173 by mjs
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Just had a look at it for a second night, first in the binoculars and it is much bigger tonight and possibly a little brighter than last night. In the telescope it is simply stunning. Big circular coma, a point like nucleus and a quadrant of the coma showing a fan like mini tail to the west completely contained within the coma.
Gotta go and look again.......

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