Comet Wirtanen

7 months 1 week ago #107459 by lunartic
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With all this miserable weather, by the time we get another clear night it will have passed us by.

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7 months 1 week ago #107460 by johnomahony
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:-(

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7 months 6 days ago #107462 by flt158
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You're right, Paul.

I have sent all my Christmas cards.
So I am very much ready to view Comet Wirtanen through scope or binoculars.
Only a few have observed it from Co Dublin.
If at all!
Maybe next Tuesday is the earliest for some clear skies at night.

Aubrey.

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7 months 6 days ago #107465 by johnomahony
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Hopefully on Sunday according to MET Eireann. Fingers crossed!

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7 months 5 days ago #107466 by lunartic
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Fingers, toes, legs and eyes crossed.

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7 months 5 days ago #107467 by flt158
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I am never free to observe on a Sunday.
But maybe you guys will see Comet Wirtanen.

Yes -you're right, John.
Sunday looks good.
Tuesday night looks good too.

Clear skies to all.

Aubrey.

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7 months 5 days ago #107468 by Keith g
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Keep the faith all, it will clear !

Keith..

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7 months 5 days ago #107469 by flt158
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By the way, does anyone know how to pronounce Wirtanen?

Is the W pronounced like Whoa or V for victory?

Aubrey.

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7 months 4 days ago #107470 by johnomahony
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Just caught a glimpse of the comet between breaks in the clouds with my 8x40s and 127 Skymax mak. It is easily seen close to the Plieades. Should be easy to photograph even with moon out.

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7 months 4 days ago #107471 by Fermidox
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Caught a lucky break after the storms and here it is passing 4 degrees S of the Pleiades, 14 hours before closest approach to Earth at 7 million miles. I found it not far off M31 in brightness so estimated mag 3.5. It's pronounced WERE-tuh-nun Aubrey, he was American -



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7 months 4 days ago #107472 by flt158
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Good man, Finbarr.

You are indeed correct.

WERE-tun-nun is spot on.
Thank you very much.

Well done on seeing the comet once again.

And what a stunning image of it and M45 Pleiades!

Aubrey.
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7 months 4 days ago #107473 by Keith g
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Hi all, I managed to photograph this comet at 6am this morning, I had a 10 minute chance to shoot before the clouds rolled back in, visually it was a green fuzzy object in my 15x70mm binos, certainly not visible naked eye, but disappointing to me anyway, I would say it was a brighter version of the pinwheel M33 galaxy. Anyway, here it is...Keith..

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7 months 4 days ago #107474 by flt158
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That is a very fine image, Keith.

So it is still very much in Taurus.
Comet Wirtanen is nice and green over the Irish landscape.
And it is amazing you got it before it set in the west.

Kindest regards from Aubrey.

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7 months 4 days ago #107475 by johnomahony
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Starting to clear up here in limerick. Camera and 10x50s at the ready. It looks clear from 9pm according to astro panel.

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7 months 3 days ago #107476 by Fermidox
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The moon is having a noticeable effect, more difficult to pick it out from the brighter background at the moment.

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7 months 3 days ago #107477 by johnomahony
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Not as bright as the last time I saw it (Saturday). Lots of patchy clouds around now and I keep kicking my camera tripod in the dark losing my polar alignment. I have forgotten just how hard setting up a tracking mount can be. Had enough now

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7 months 3 days ago #107478 by lunartic
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Got to see it last night using my 20x90 binoculars. It is a large object, though very diffuse. The coma is very noticeable, I could see no sign of a nucleus or tail. 8 day old moon and less than ideal seeing did not help.

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7 months 3 days ago #107479 by mykc
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Had a look using a 120mm refractor last night. Same conclusion as everyone else, visually it appeared as a relatively faint, extended smear without a clear nucleus or tail. The bright moon and light pollution didn't help, but disappointing nonetheless. The images posted in this thread capture it far better than my visual observation.
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