Comet McNaught Success from Ireland !

13 years 8 months ago #38909 by Keith g
Comet McNaught Success from Ireland ! was created by Keith g
And about time too! With all our bad weather. Hi All, Comet C/2006 P1 McNaught is now briefly gracing our dawn and evening skies, and after a long spell of bad weather, I finally got a chance to see and photograph it this morning, January 10th, in pre dawn skies, close to sunrise. After waiting for the comet to appear an ever brightening eastern sky, I finally spotted McNaught with my celestron 15x70mm binocualrs very low in the east-southeast at 7.51am local time, perhaps on one degree above the clear horizon against the backdrop of a bright orange sky - and what a sight it was !

I estimate the the comet was about one full moon width in length from nucleus to the faintest end of the very short tail, in all only a half a degree in length at best. This really is a very small comet, but what it lacked in size, it certainly made up for in brightness. I used the planet Jupiter as a guide, and made out that it must have been shining at magnitude -1.5 - the brightest comet visible in our skies since Hale-Bopp!!

For a brief period, I could see the comet with the naked eye, but only 10 minutes or so, before succoming to an very bright sky. A sight which I will indeed never forget! Do try and get out while you can to see this comet, it's worth the effort!

Details: Comet McNaught 10.01.2007 at 7.57UT, Canon 300D, 480mm lens at f9, 0.6 seconds exposure, ISO 100
Keith..



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13 years 8 months ago #38913 by ftodonoghue
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well done keith

Cheers
Trevor

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13 years 8 months ago #38915 by dmcdona
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Keith - nice shot. Can the tail be seen naked eye?

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13 years 8 months ago #38924 by DeirdreKelleghan
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Great Keith, I hope to catch it in a sketch if the bad weather would ever ever ever get good.

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13 years 8 months ago #38942 by iridium.flare
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Cool! What do you reckon the chances are of seeing it from a city?! Can't be many days left before we lose it altogether.

It's worse than that, it's physics Jim!

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13 years 8 months ago #38953 by Seanie_Morris
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Nicely done Keith. I was looking forward to trying to capture it because this would have been the only opportunity with the bad weather of late. Then, all along that horizon was nothing but cloud for me last evening... :evil:

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13 years 8 months ago #38966 by Seanie_Morris
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Managed to get it just now (17:02hrs). It is still a good 6 or 7 degrees up off the horizon at this time. Lots of haze across that whole western horizon, with cloud further south, so I can't actually see it with the naked eyeright now. Maybe in the next couple of minutes as the sky darkens more.

I had to use my 8-24 X 50's, doing a very light sweep of the area - didn't take long to get it. No point in getting a photo, because of the haze. Very bright nucleus. Using foreground objects (trees, and an aerial) do judge the length of the tail visible, I'd say it is only 2 to 3 degrees I am getting, if even that.

Finally, some success for Seanie! :D

Seanie.

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13 years 8 months ago #38968 by dave_lillis
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Magic image Keith, makes me want to go look for it with my x-ray vision that can see through clouds.
I'm starting to think you're living in a different country to the rest of us, you don't by chance live somewhere in southern Europe with all those clear skies :lol: :wink:

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13 years 8 months ago #38969 by voyager
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POO!!!!

It just cleared up and I never even noticed .... now it's JUST too late to see the buggering thing .... noooo!!!!!!

I have a feeling I'm just not meant to see this object :(

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13 years 8 months ago #38971 by Seanie_Morris
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Further Observation @ 17:14hrs:

Comet has brightened a bit, can spot it with the naked eye now, but it is setting fast. I have just about lost it to a couple of distant trees. My vantage point for all of this was the upstairs back windows, luckily.

A rethink on the tail length - I'd say no more than 2 degrees in length from my perspective.

Now I can quit bitching about the weather for another little while! :)

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13 years 8 months ago #38978 by Frank Ryan
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Nice Photo Keith!
I spotted it again this evening just before leaving work!
at 17.15
Again, the sky cleared just exactly in time in the west,
(the boss had just left so I skidaddled out to the car park with my binos) :twisted:

It was through heavy city haze and I could only get it in the 10x50's.
I had the Canon with me but I figured it would work as I just have the
standard 18-55mm lense.

3rd lucky sighting for me this week,
which is incredable thinking about the weather we are having...

I'd love to get a pic of it though....

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13 years 8 months ago #38989 by Keith g
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Can the tail be seen naked eye?


Yeah Dave, I seen it naked eye for abot 10 minutes Some sight! :P

What do you reckon the chances are of seeing it from a city?! Can't be many days left before we lose it altogether.


Easy, because the sky will still be bright, but we really only have tomorrow to see it :roll:

you don't by chance live somewhere in southern Europe with all those clear skies Laughing Wink


Ah Now, I wish!

Good observation gents, I've heard it now brighter at magnitude -2!

Keith..

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13 years 8 months ago #38992 by Paul Tipper
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I also got a lovely view of the comet this evening, from around 17:10 until it set behind a tree about 25 minutes later. It had a remarkably bright, white nucleus, with a lovely faint tail spreading upwards about two-thirds of a degree or so. Once I knew where it was, I could easily make it out with the naked eye - indeed, it's the first comet I've ever been able to see with the naked eye in anything other than complete darkness. Give it another go tomorrow morning or night! :)

Further Observation @ 17:14hrs:

Comet has brightened a bit, can spot it with the naked eye now, but it is setting fast. I have just about lost it to a couple of distant trees. My vantage point for all of this was the upstairs back windows, luckily.

A rethink on the tail length - I'd say no more than 2 degrees in length from my perspective.

Now I can quite bitching about the weather for another little while! :)


Paul Tipper,
South Dublin Astro. Soc.

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13 years 8 months ago #38993 by Kerry Stargazer
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I’m beginning to despair cloud in the morning clears during the day and cloud moves in again in the evening.

I may never see it.
:cry: :cry: :cry:

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13 years 7 months ago #39684 by ednwireland
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will comet macnaught be visible again from the northern hemisphere ?

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13 years 7 months ago #39687 by Seanie_Morris
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will comet macnaught be visible again from the northern hemisphere ?


No, it is not a periodic comet. Chances are it will be lost in the depths of space forever. It was a once-off comet!

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