C/2020 NEOWISE

3 months 2 weeks ago #109157 by Paul Evans
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Hi All,

Caught this one at 03:30 BST this morning from Larne. Estimate mag 2 - I found it in the binos and realised I could see it naked eye once I knew exactly where to look. Getting higher, and in a darker sky as the month goes on so hoping it stays in one piece!

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3 months 2 weeks ago #109158 by Fermidox
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Nice capture Paul. Tonight looks clouded out again here in Munster but Thursday night hopefully. Was the tail detectable naked eye can I ask?

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3 months 2 weeks ago #109159 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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What a great image you've captured Paul - thanks for getting up early (or staying up late) to take a photo of it. Great shot!

Clear skies,

Darren,
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3 months 2 weeks ago #109160 by Paul Evans
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Thanks guys, it was a case of setting my alarm for 3am, finding a cloud in the way so waiting a while and getting my pictures :)

Venus was up too big and bright in the East!

Paul.

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3 months 2 weeks ago #109162 by Fermidox
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Woww its beautiful!! From Kilfinane, south Limerick at 2.23am



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3 months 2 weeks ago #109163 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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What a super image you've captured Finbarr. It is stunning! Is that a slight bend in the tail I see,  and how long of an exposure did you set?

I've been reading many reports on it over the past few days - mainly on CN. Some observers were saying that it was not as bright over the past 24 hours, but they said it may be down because of seeing conditions. I think your shot is one of the best I have seen though, so I reckon it could have been the seeing conditions alright. What magnitude do you think it's at? 

Met Éireann are forecasting clear skies tonight / tomorrow morning, so I'm going to try and see it for myself.

For Dublin based observers, where do think might me a good location to see it? I was thinking of Killiney Hill, but open to suggestions. 

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3 months 2 weeks ago #109164 by Fermidox
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It's a superb sight Darren. Easily visible naked eye, but the view through binoculars was exceptional. I would estimate magnitude 2 by comparison with the star Menkalinan, and a tail length of around 2 degrees. That exposure is 9 seconds at 55mm, cropped. Certainly the best comet I've seen since Hale-Bopp 23 years ago. Hope you get good views from Dublin tonight. Here's another shot -



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3 months 2 weeks ago - 3 months 2 weeks ago #109165 by BrianOHalloran
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Finally got proper clear skies to observe NEOWISE in, after a couple of attempts where cloud blocked off the wrong bit of sky!

A very easy naked eye object from rural Waterford (on the Copper Coast, near Annestown): ~5 deg long tail was obvious to the naked eye before moonlight drowned it out. Glorious in binoculars and my 8" SCT as well. Mag was about ~2.0, DC of 7.

Did some very basic smartphone astrophotography of it: wasn't bad at all for a first attempt at trying to image a comet. Treated to a spectacular NLC display as well!

A spectacular night, overall.
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3 months 2 weeks ago #109166 by Keith g
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Wow what super shots and reports guys, thanks for posting them.

im going to try for it tonight, finally have a chance of clear skies !

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3 months 2 weeks ago #109168 by Fermidox
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Here's one more from this morning, the Comet battling NLCs at 3.47am -



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3 months 2 weeks ago #109169 by Keith g
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Well done again Finbarr, I saw it too at 3.25am, what a beautiful sight as it was in between bright noctilucent clouds, and in binoculars it seemed like a baby comet Hale-Bopp

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3 months 2 weeks ago #109170 by Keith g
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3 months 2 weeks ago - 3 months 2 weeks ago #109171 by michael_murphy
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I saw the comet from the summit car park in Howth.  The weather looked like it would not play ball but by 1AM it was totally clear. I was impressed as to how bright the comet was.

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3 months 2 weeks ago - 3 months 2 weeks ago #109172 by Fermidox
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Great pics guys... another fabulous night of observing in Limerick and here is how it looked through the 8-inch SCT at 3.07 this morning -



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3 months 2 weeks ago - 3 months 2 weeks ago #109173 by mykc
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Hi All,  Great images, thank you, C/2020 F3 NEOWISE is putting on a wonderful show.  I went out to Wicklow and was delighted with how bright the comet was, it's been so long since we had a good comet.  Luckily there was a lovely display of noctilucent clouds too and one shot of NEOWISE hurtling into a bank of silvery clouds is attached.

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3 months 2 weeks ago - 3 months 2 weeks ago #109175 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Goodness me - these are excellent images gents. Last night was a wonderful experience. It was the first time I've seen a comet, and what a comet to start with! I was at Howth with Michael and other IAS members. There was real excitement when the comet appeared just before midnight. I first saw it through my 10 X 50s, and I was in awe of what I saw. The coma was very bright, and it had the most beautiful tail. Michael has certainly captured its beauty in his photograph - very well done Michael. In addition to bringing my binoculars, I brought my XT6. Using a 32mm plossl, I viewed the comet at 37.5X and I could not believe what I was seeing - I was stunned by the comet's sense of movement. A memory that will be with me forever. 

If that was not enough, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and the Moon all put on a show for us. There was even time to look at the double-cluster, Beta Cygni, and NLC. What a night!

Clear skies to all,

Darren.

Also, very many thanks Finbarr for answering my earlier questions - that was much appreciated!
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3 months 2 weeks ago #109176 by Fermidox
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One more Comet/NLC conjunction image from county Limerick. There can't have been many bright comets in the past with the correct geometry to have enabled such a spectacle -



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3 months 2 weeks ago #109177 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Finbarr, 

Another beautiful photo you've taken. Very many thanks for sharing it with us. 

Hopefully, we'll get another opportunity to observe the comet over the next few days. We've cloud skies again! 

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3 months 2 weeks ago #109178 by Fermidox
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Might be one more chance tonight and then looks like solid cloud for the rest of the week.

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3 months 1 week ago #109180 by Fermidox
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Clouds did part sufficiently soon before 3am. NEOWISE still easily visible naked eye, even the tail was lighting up the foreground haze. That said, both coma and tail were perhaps marginally fainter through binos than previously, but the tail did appear somewhat more fanned out and broader. Which could also be the result of the sky overall being darker than at the weekend.



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3 months 1 week ago #109182 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Finbarr, 

Very many thanks for the update. Nice to know what it's like above Irish skies at the moment... No chance of seeing over Dublin as of late :(

I really hope I get another chance to observe it before it fades from naked eye visibility. 

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3 months 1 week ago #109183 by Keith g
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Hi all, here is just another update for Neowise, I got this shot early on Sunday morning last under very hazy skies from east Cavan. I have to say it was a beautiful sight, with binooculars it sported a tail of roughly 2.5 degrees long, naked eye shoed a little less, maybe about 1.5 degrees.

Lets hope for a clear sky this week...
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3 months 1 week ago #109185 by Fermidox
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Fabulous shot Keith! Although NEOWISE probably doesn't rank as a 'Great' Comet visually, the camera can certainly make it look like one!

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3 months 1 week ago #109187 by flt158
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That most certainly is a super image, Keith!

Thank you for posting.

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3 months 1 week ago - 3 months 1 week ago #109189 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Keith, 

I really like your image of the Comet. The tail looks very nice indeed. 

Clear skies, 

Darren. 
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