Comet C/2020 M3 (ATLAS)

2 months 1 day ago - 2 months 4 hours ago #109692 by Fermidox
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Finally some clear skies to observe this comet last night right next to 116 Tauri. I would have to say it is fainter than some of the quoted magnitudes, which suggest around 7.5, but I made it closer to 9. It was not visible in 20x80 binos but I picked it up as the stereotypical tail-less light-fuzz in the 8-inch (I must say a word here for the Celestron engineers: the GoTo still placing objects perfectly in the eyepiece after nearly 8 years and hundreds of observations). The Comet was at its closest point to Earth on Nov 14th and is still just 36 million miles away, so must be intrinsically minor. It's orbit is just 140 years so may be reclassified as a periodical at its next apparition... Either way, a case of very much after the Lord Mayor's show compared to NEOWISE, but brings my comet tally up to 36 nevertheless.

Clear skies,
Finbarr.
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2 months 1 day ago #109693 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Finbarr, 

Congratulations on observing your 36th Comet... That's some going! And that scope sounds like a real work horse. 

Many thanks for the update, and Clear skies, 

Darren. 
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2 months 4 hours ago #109704 by Fermidox
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I'm a bit surprised how difficult it is to get some basic facts and figures about comet history... for example, the number of comets discovered by the ATLAS survey. This page tells us it is 53 -

www.fallingstar.com/home.php

This page, 48 -

people.ast.cam.ac.uk/~jds/search.htm

and this page, 39

www.comethunter.de/discoverers.txt

what's more, all seem to have been updated quite recently...

I made an attempt for C/2020 S3 Erasmus this morning, but just too much light in the eastern sky. Current mag estimates are in the 8-10 range but it's going to be an increasingly difficult catch from our latitudes.

Clear skies,
Finbarr. 
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2 months 3 hours ago #109706 by Until_then-Goodnight!
Replied by Until_then-Goodnight! on topic Comet C/2020 M3 (ATLAS)
Hi Finbarr,

Very many thanks for sharing these links with us. And best of luck with C/2020 S3 Erasmus. Hopefully, you catch a glimpse of it.

Clear AND dark skies to you,

Darren.
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