C/2020 NEOWISE

2 weeks 3 days ago #109191 by Fermidox
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Clear night in Limerick, est mag 2.5 -



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2 weeks 3 days ago #109192 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi All, 

It's so nice to have clear skies again. I'm sure many of you have made the most of this evening's good weather. As for me, I went to Three Rock to take a second look at NEOWISE. 

While the view from the summit of Howth last Friday was better (I had to contend with light pollution from Dublin tonight), I could easily find the comet using my eyes. And when viewed through my 10 X 50s I thought the tail may have been a little longer than last week. I also felt the colour of the comet looked less orange, and more white tonight. 

It really is a wonderful sight. 

Clear skies to all,

Darren.
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2 weeks 3 days ago #109193 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Finbarr, 

Well done on capturing the comet again... Lovely photo!

Clear skies, 

Darren. 
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2 weeks 3 days ago - 2 weeks 3 days ago #109194 by mykc
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My wife and I went to Cruagh on the southern edge of Dublin and our impression was the same as Darren's.  It's great that the comet is visible to the naked eye, albeit faintly, through the light pollution from Dublin city centre.  It's still excellent in binoculars and the image below shows it battling gamely against the lights of the metropolis.

There were others out enjoying the view too, the comet has stirred a lot of interest.

Mike



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2 weeks 3 days ago - 2 weeks 2 days ago #109195 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Mike,

What a great photo of the Comet over Dublin. Very well done! I was delighted to read that you were able to share the moment with your wife.

Funny you mention about others enjoying the view: While I was observing the comet I decided to call my sister to let her know where it was positioned in the sky. I asked her what type of star patterns was visible from her vantage point when a voice from behind a hedge said 'tell her it is below the plough'. I found it surprising because I thought I was alone, but there was another observer taking some very nice photos of the comet. At the time I got the fright of my life, but within minutes we were sharing stories about observing. He was a real nice chap! I love how our experiences of star (or comet) gazing brings people together.

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Darren.
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2 weeks 1 day ago #109222 by Fermidox
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The Comet continues to fade, similar to neighbouring mag 3.1 Talitha last night, but the dust tail is more apparent as it climbs into a darker sky, although looking north is actually my least favourable location with Limerick city glowing in the distance. I made it to be 12 degrees naked-eye, and the ion tail, which I didn't see naked eye, is up to 20 degrees on some of the images. The view through the 8-inch was remarkable; the coma looked almost transparent and I imagined I was seeing right through to the dark, rocky nucleus! Surely not but it was an arresting sight nonetheless. Comet NEOWISE has certainly been a memorable visitor.



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2 weeks 1 day ago #109223 by Paul Evans
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Hi All, Got to see NEOWISE again last night, much fainter than a week ago - closer to mag 3 now - and sky a bit hazy so some LP being thrown back, but got a nice stack of images using a Sony A65 DSLT and Minolta 135mm f2.8 lens. I got what I wanted, which was the ion tail :)

Hoping for another crack at it tonight!

Clear skies,

Paul.

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2 weeks 21 hours ago #109229 by JohnONeill
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Hi,
Glad to see Ireland got a stretch of fine weather and I enjoyed all the great images posted here.

Despite the indifferent weather on this side of the Atlantic, I got some nice observations of Comet NEOWISE 2020 F3. When low in twilight I made it 2nd magnitude, but it is now 3rd magnitude. With averted vision I made the tail length 6 degrees with the naked-eye.  All observations done from a suburban area 30 km N of Boston.

The photo attached was done with a 200 mm lens on a small tracking mount. It showed the contrast between the yellow dust tail and the (faint) blue ion tail. It was done in a neighbours yard, as the trees blocked the view from my observatory. I also got a shot on it above Topsfield Town Hall. See my website: variablestarnights.net

By the way, I did manage to observe the minor penumbral lunar eclipse earlier in the month. I needed the 12x36 IS binoculars to tell any difference (a slight shading to the north of Mare Imbrium).  Again, my website has a photo.

Good observing and keep safe,
John
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2 weeks 17 hours ago #109232 by Fermidox
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A couple more from last night to whet the appetite for tonight... comet with aeroplane and close-up -





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1 week 6 days ago #109236 by flt158
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Good evening, Finbarr.
Do you think you could tell us what the designation of that star is to the right of Comet Neowise's nucleus?

No pressure then!

Best regards from Aubrey.
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1 week 6 days ago #109238 by Fermidox
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No problem Aubrey, that's Talitha - iota Ursa Majoris.  Just ½ a degree from NEOWISE at the time.

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1 week 5 days ago - 1 week 5 days ago #109246 by Keith g
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Hi all, here are a couple of shots from the early hours of Sunday morning last, it was still a beautiful sight, but it has faded a little. i got to capture the ion tail, but naked eye was not visible.
Keith..
 

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1 week 5 days ago #109247 by flt158
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Hi Keith.
Both your images are breathtakingly beautiful.
Thank you so much for them.

On a personal note I am so glad there is no type of eclipse happening in 2020.
Because I reckon Comet Neowise is going to be my favourite observation of the year!
And I have seen so many noteworthy spectacular celestial objects and events so far.

Kindest regards,

Aubrey.
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1 week 5 days ago #109250 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Keith,

Very nice photos of 'NEOWISE'. You've definitely captured the ion tail in those pictures - well done!

Clear skies,
Darren.
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1 week 1 day ago - 1 week 1 day ago #109276 by Keith g
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Hello all, i got a new record for this year last night with three clear saturday nights in a row ;-)

I took another shot of Comet Neowise, it was certainly smaller to the naked eye and a little fainter than last week, and further from the sun in terms of distance, it's still a decent display,catch it before it's gone !
Keith.

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6 days 21 hours ago #109286 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Keith,

Lovely picture, and very many thanks for the update. 

Clear skies,

Darren.
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