Comet C/2006 A1 Pojmanski

13 years 5 months ago #24521 by Seanie_Morris
Comet C/2006 A1 Pojmanski was created by Seanie_Morris
I suppose its no harm to add about this comet, on the verge of being visible from Ireland. Has anyone had a go at looking for it yet?



This chart shows the expected path of Comet Pojmanski's position, seen in pre-dawn skies over the dates shown. At the time of print, it has appeared as just visible to the naked eye from a very good dark sight, but is expected to reach Magnitude 5, appearing as a small fuzzy star (no tail). Binoculars will show this more clearly.

Diagram © Sky & Telescope magazine.

Seanie.

Midlands Astronomy Club.
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Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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13 years 5 months ago #24522 by martinastro
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I was trying for it this morning but i was clouded out just before dawn :cry:

I will be up every morning before dawn for now on until i catch it.

Good luck and clear skies everyone!

Martin Mc Kenna

coruscations attending the whole length of the luminosity, giving to the phenomena the aspect of a wrathful messenger, and not that of a tranquil body pursuing a harmless course..comet of 1680

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13 years 5 months ago #24523 by kevin
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No Joy on the comet hunt . it stayed clear until 3.30am and then it clouded over completely in the mater of 10 minutes. you could feel something was up as a sudden burst of wind started hitting me. I was really disappointed but this wont put me off. im determined to track this comet down and get a picture.

Anyway clear skies all and take care.

Wrap up warm as it is set to get colder.

Kevin Black

P.S If any sees the comet please TEXT me A.S.A.P as im always on high elert. 07841369969.

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13 years 5 months ago #24529 by MarkCahill
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SpaceWeather.com has a beautiful picture of the comet:
www.spaceweather.com , go back a days (use view archive to go )and there are more photos.

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13 years 5 months ago #24532 by Paul Tipper
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Should be nice and high up in the sky when we're in Turkey at the end of March; when is it due to reach maximum brightness?

Paul Tipper,
South Dublin Astro. Soc.

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13 years 5 months ago #24542 by kevin
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Hey all im shattered but i think i have some good news. This Morning as i looked at stunning venus, i think i got my first look at Comet Pojmanski. I think! At 5.14am until 5.26am the comet to me could be seen but after this time frame it started to fade into the sunrise twlight. I didnt get a chance of caputuing it due to low fast moving drifting cloud. its was just left of constellation Capricornus. I would describe it as being blueish white in colour with a fuzzy/ hazy centre. as it was so cold my eyes were watering but i think i could just see a slight tail to the upper right hand side

I hope tomorrow is clear because i hopefully have a diffinate sighting and a picture.

Please remember there is only a small window of time to see this comet before it is drowned out by the sunrise twlight. you need to get early.

You must have a nice clear horizon.

Clear skies all.

Kevin Black

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13 years 5 months ago #24543 by Seanie_Morris
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Thanks for that Kevin. Was your observation solely by naked eye?

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13 years 5 months ago #24544 by martinastro
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Great work kevin. Your persistance paid of :D

I set my alarm for 05.00 this morning and when i awoke the sky was overcast but i was not put of because i had been reading the sky for much of the night and i knew it could clear at any min..it did!

I wrapped up and headed outside with my 10X50 Bin and 90mm ETX in hand and walked a considerable distance to my choosen vantage point up the site. The sky was awesome! The Milkyway in Cygnus to the east and west of Deneb was like a cloud with the NAN easy with the unaided eye. A long dark cloud bank hung over the comets position so with the binos i observed M81, M82, M51, M39, Double Cluster, M10, M12, M11, RCrB, TCrB, M13 and M27. I searched around the cloud for the comet with no luck. When the cloud drifted away the sky had become so bright that i had no hope of making an observation. It was freezing which combined with the wind chill made this a very difficult session, The ground was a crunchy solid white due to large hail and light snow which made the setting very sureal. Beautiful morning. I headed in at 06.25. Maybe i will have more luck tommrow.

Clear skies!

Martin Mc Kenna

coruscations attending the whole length of the luminosity, giving to the phenomena the aspect of a wrathful messenger, and not that of a tranquil body pursuing a harmless course..comet of 1680

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13 years 5 months ago #24545 by kevin
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No it was with my 10inch rcx telescope and 26mm eyepiece.

clear skies all

Kevin Black

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13 years 5 months ago #24653 by kevin
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What another good look at the comet this morning. It was shinning brightly through my rcx telescope and guess who confirmed it with me this morning? Yes, you got it right, the man who never sleeps Martin Mckenna. He sent me a wee text as i was packing up at 5.55am this morning. Well done martin, i will let you tell the wee story.

This is my 3rd sighting of the comet and i seems to get brighter. i would say it is mag5.4.

Anyway congradulations Martin. I have taken a few images but i still need to process them. Im in work, so i cant wait to get home.

Take care all and clear skies


Kevin Black
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13 years 5 months ago #24763 by Perseus
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Comet and Venus shown on todays "Astronomy Picture of the day" antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/

Damon

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13 years 5 months ago #24769 by Seanie_Morris
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Had a look this morning myself from the bedroom window with the naked eye, but I guess I left it just a little too late to try and spot it. Twillight haze was creeping up above the horizon. It was a good sign that it was going to be a lovely morning! :D

Blow me away, Venus was bright!!! :shock:

Seanie.

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Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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13 years 5 months ago #24778 by martinastro
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I have been observing this comet the last two mornings however i had started another thread so i wil link it here...

www.irishastronomy.org/boards/viewtopic.php?p=24776#24776

Clear skies

Martin Mc Kenna

coruscations attending the whole length of the luminosity, giving to the phenomena the aspect of a wrathful messenger, and not that of a tranquil body pursuing a harmless course..comet of 1680

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