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#1 BinocularSky

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 11:10 AM

We have four morning comets available in binoculars or larger at the moment. Finder charts, etc. at http://binocularsky....c_transient.php


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Posted 06 November 2013 - 08:20 PM

Thanks Steve! By any chance do they come up in any of the popular planetarium programs e.g. Stellarium or similar?

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 10:17 PM

Actually I just checked and you can type them in Stellarium and they come up no problem.

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 08:02 AM

Seem that all the hype over comet ISON has died down.

 

Wasn't this meant to be the coment of 2013? How is it brightening? Or isn't it?

 

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 02:50 PM

Seem that all the hype over comet ISON has died down.
 
Wasn't this meant to be the coment of 2013? How is it brightening? Or isn't it?

It is brightening, but not as much as initially forecast. The more important issue is whether or not it will survive perihelion on the 28th; it is quite possible that it will break up.
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Posted 12 November 2013 - 11:55 AM

Meanwhile comet Lovejoy seems pretty bright compared to the others, certainly way brighter than ISON! I saw it this morning here in the US at 3:30 MST with a pair of 16 x70 binos. In binoculars it is very easy to find, definitely brighter than M13 as an example. Now it is located just above the head of Leo. A hint of a tail perhaps  going upward,but not conclusive to the eye. 

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 10:06 AM

Collared all four this morning. (Yay!) Found 2012 X1 to be really difficult. ISON, Encke & especially Lovejoy were all easy objects.
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Posted 16 November 2013 - 08:28 AM

It is brightening, but not as much as initially forecast. The more important issue is whether or not it will survive perihelion on the 28th; it is quite possible that it will break up.

Thanks for the info Steve, so ISON may never be seen again if it breaks up on the 28th November, since I'm ssuming the fragments would be to small? Let's hope the weather improve before then so that I can at least observe it once!



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Posted 17 November 2013 - 11:12 AM

ISON has brightened quite a bit over the last week according to reports. I aim to have a go at it next week if the weather is kind as like Steve said it may well break up

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 08:49 AM

ISON observed by 9 of us; visible in instruments ranging from 10x40 binoculars to 8" reflector. Tail visible in 70mm upwards with AV, and DV in 150mm upwards. Those of us who bothered to look found Lovejoy very easy. Encke lost in horizon murk.

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