Comet Iwamoto

6 months 2 weeks ago - 6 months 2 weeks ago #107567 by Fermidox
Comet Iwamoto was created by Fermidox
Had my first look at this last night, not far from Zaniah in Virgo. Easily visible in 20 x 80 binos, a diffuse tail-less fuzzball around mag 7.5. Currently at 35 million miles from Earth a week away from closest approach.

Finbarr.
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6 months 2 weeks ago #107568 by flt158
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You're a great man for the comets, Finbarr.

Maybe we could give it a go after Storm Eric passes.
I am wondering how to pronounce Iwamoto.

Aubrey.
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6 months 2 weeks ago #107569 by Fermidox
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Yes there is something magical about comets Aubrey.... the greatest sight I've seen in the night sky was Hyakutake back in 1996 and I don't expect to see anything greater.... Didn't even have a camera in those days :(
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6 months 2 weeks ago #107573 by Keith g
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Hyakutake was one of the best naked eye sights I will never forget either gents, here's hoping for another one soon .

I remember it heading towards the sun with it's tail reaching back towards planet Earth, during the evening twilight, knowing that it would be the very last time I would see it.

Iwamoto may not be as dramatic, but I'll look for it this week, although the moon phase is growing.

Keith..

If a telescope can fit into your backyard it's too small. If you can't move it, it's too big." -- John Dobson
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6 months 2 weeks ago #107574 by flt158
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Of course,seeing we are remembering comets from the past, I will neither forget Hale Bopp or Hyakutake
The most recent comet I observed was Lovejoy.

Clear skies from Aubrey.

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6 months 1 week ago - 6 months 1 week ago #107575 by Neill
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Iwamoto just outside of naked eye visibility range currently, may not become naked eye visible. Saw a guide to all comets in 2019 (nothing too exciting I am afraid). Would provide link but there seems to be gremlins in the system.

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5 months 3 weeks ago #107600 by Fermidox
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Last night Iwamoto was in the same binocular field as the Starfish cluster (M38) and also open cluster NGC 1907. Seems to be holding its brightness well despite being now twice as distant as it was at perihelion. And Aubrey, the striking carbon star S Aurigae was in the same field also; it varies between mags 8 and 13 and is now around mag 10. I would say observing conditions last night were the best of 2019 thus far.

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