Comet NEOwise

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Post subject: Comet NEOwise
Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:59 pm
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This may be the best comet since Hale-Bopp in the 90’s. Going to check it out tonight, visible around 4am.

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Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:02 pm
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Thanks for starting this thread. I’ve been patiently waiting since last week for it to be an evening comet. Much lower horizon for me to the west and no moon! Fingers are crossed the clouds move out...!

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Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:48 pm
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Erik, have you seen it yet? I just caught it with my family in the back yard. It's actually in a perfect spot to view for us. Clouds were beginning to move in after sunset so it never really got particularly dark before the clouds took over. That said, we were able to see it with a clear dust tail in a dusky, humid sky with 8x40 binoculars at 9:15 pm. Nice classic comet shape. Reminds me of McNaught. Small bonus was a pass of Crew Dragon Demo-2 across the north sky above NEOwise. Anyway, I'm hoping tomorrow's forecast holds for us, supposed to be clear and transparent. Planning to do s'mores and astronomy. LOL

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Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:34 pm
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Hey Jason,
I’ve seen it only under poor conditions. Tried to take pics but they didn’t come out well. It was an averted vision object to see the tail. And now we have a hurricane approaching so I won’t get another chance. :-(

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Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 3:35 pm
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Sorry man. Maybe you'll get lucky and catch it as it continues to linger and slowly fade. Should be doable with bigger binos, or of course a large scope for the next month at least, just maybe not as bright. I did see it again last night in so so transparency with the 15x85. and at an estimated mV of 4.5 it was still beautiful.

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I actually caught it the other night and it was pretty good. Not Hale-Bopp by any means but pretty nice. Justine and I spent over an hour viewing it and then when it got too low we looked at various other objects with binos and the 80mm refractor. Tried to get pics of it but they aren’t very good.

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Sadly I missed Hale-Bopp, hadn't been bitten by the astronomy bug quite yet. Nor did I catch Hyakutake. For me this rates as one of the better comets, but then I was able to catch it on a dark moonless night where brightness estimates ranged between mV 2.0 and 3.0 among amateurs. The shape is classic, which helps. The only other comets that I've seen that compare were McNaught, which was visible in the orange glow immediately after sunset, and Holmes which went through that bizarre outburst.

Anyway, your images are great, you can see the comet in both. Tell me those are through the iPhone...??? If so, extra impressive.

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Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:34 am
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Thanks Jason! Yes, taken with the iphone handheld up to the eyepiece. The 11 Pro Max is actually able to do 20 second exposures so I can get some nice widefield sky shots. It also has image stabilization which helps a lot.

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