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Re: ISS picture of Neowise

Jim Tallman
 

Kent’s picture is better :)

 

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Subject: [BackBayAstro] ISS picture of Neowise

 

 


ISS picture of Neowise

jimcoble2000
 



Re: Comet of the decades, no kidding.

jimcoble2000
 

That struck me right away too, the intensity. The tail was huge and detailed.

On Thursday, July 9, 2020, 5:53:16 AM EDT, Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:


It is indeed a beautiful comet, and it’s about time. I was amazed at how intense it is, expecting it to be just so-so. It’ll be nice when it’s in the evening sky, but might be a bit fainter. Or let’s be optimistic and say it might be less bright.

Kent

6 Plus

On Jul 9, 2020, at 5:33 AM, Mark Ost <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:

Sell your house, quit your job, get up you lazy sod. In short do whatever you have to do to see Comet Neowise (Neosporin).

Seriously it is the best comet in decades.

Easily naked eye. I got up at 0415 this morning to clouds right where the comet should have been. BUT the sky was dead clear where the clouds were not and the clouds were moving fast. It was cool with NO haze. As the clouds opened........... I saw the second coming!

Frankly it is just astounding. It has been well over 20 years or a more since we have seen such a comet. The head was just intense! The tail huge. Stevie Wonder could see this. As it got lighter up till 5:25 the head and immediate tail was still quite visible. I ran to get my trusty P-610 but for once it utterly failed to function in the twilight of the morning. After fumbling with the camera I threw it down (almost across the yard!). I didn't want to waste a second of observing so went back to my 20x80 Binoculars mounted on the parallelogram mount. This is the first comet for the mount and binocular combination and boy what a comet first light! (It's has to be all down hill from here).

If you can get this comet which I think is -1 in magnitude right now it is below Auriga.

If you get up to the miracle of a clear day before it gets light It is worth every effort. I would bet it is still visible even now at 0530.



Re: Comet of the decades, no kidding.

Kent Blackwell
 

It is indeed a beautiful comet, and it’s about time. I was amazed at how intense it is, expecting it to be just so-so. It’ll be nice when it’s in the evening sky, but might be a bit fainter. Or let’s be optimistic and say it might be less bright.

Kent

6 Plus

On Jul 9, 2020, at 5:33 AM, Mark Ost <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:

Sell your house, quit your job, get up you lazy sod. In short do whatever you have to do to see Comet Neowise (Neosporin).

Seriously it is the best comet in decades.

Easily naked eye. I got up at 0415 this morning to clouds right where the comet should have been. BUT the sky was dead clear where the clouds were not and the clouds were moving fast. It was cool with NO haze. As the clouds opened........... I saw the second coming!

Frankly it is just astounding. It has been well over 20 years or a more since we have seen such a comet. The head was just intense! The tail huge. Stevie Wonder could see this. As it got lighter up till 5:25 the head and immediate tail was still quite visible. I ran to get my trusty P-610 but for once it utterly failed to function in the twilight of the morning. After fumbling with the camera I threw it down (almost across the yard!). I didn't want to waste a second of observing so went back to my 20x80 Binoculars mounted on the parallelogram mount. This is the first comet for the mount and binocular combination and boy what a comet first light! (It's has to be all down hill from here).

If you can get this comet which I think is -1 in magnitude right now it is below Auriga.

If you get up to the miracle of a clear day before it gets light It is worth every effort. I would bet it is still visible even now at 0530.



Comet of the decades, no kidding.

jimcoble2000
 

Sell your house, quit your job, get up you lazy sod. In short do whatever you have to do to see Comet Neowise (Neosporin).

Seriously it is the best comet in decades.

Easily naked eye. I got up at 0415 this morning to clouds right where the comet should have been. BUT the sky was dead clear where the clouds were not and the clouds were moving fast. It was cool with NO haze. As the clouds opened........... I saw the second coming!

Frankly it is just astounding. It has been well over 20 years or a more since we have seen such a comet. The head was just intense! The tail huge. Stevie Wonder could see this. As it got lighter up till 5:25 the head and immediate tail was still quite visible. I ran to get my trusty P-610 but for once it utterly failed to function in the twilight of the morning. After fumbling with the camera I threw it down (almost across the yard!). I didn't want to waste a second of observing so went back to my 20x80 Binoculars mounted on the parallelogram mount. This is the first comet for the mount and binocular combination and boy what a comet first light! (It's has to be all down hill from here).

If you can get this comet which I think is -1 in magnitude right now it is below Auriga.

If you get up to the miracle of a clear day before it gets light It is worth every effort. I would bet it is still visible even now at 0530.



Re: Comet NEOWISE

Paul
 

If Kent got up early it must be good 😂

Thanks for the report!

- Paul


On Wed, Jul 8, 2020 at 10:54 AM Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:
Robert Hitt and I awakened at 4:00 am in hopes of seeing comet NEOWISE. It rises just before the sun, so evening twilight hampers views somewhat but it’s still a wonderful binocular comet.Once it rises a bit higher and gets into the evening sky it might easily become visible naked eye.

We viewed it in 10x50 binoculars and in my 4” f/8 Takahashi telescope. At 40x the tail extented approximately 1.75 degrees. At 80x the coma was bright and quite orange in color. The tail was wide, and seemed to have a dark region splitting it. 

Even with a bright moon, some early morning haze and astronomical twilight it was well worth getting up in the morning to see. 

See a few images I took at 5:00 am on Facebook.


Comet NEOWISE

Kent Blackwell
 

Robert Hitt and I awakened at 4:00 am in hopes of seeing comet NEOWISE. It rises just before the sun, so evening twilight hampers views somewhat but it’s still a wonderful binocular comet.Once it rises a bit higher and gets into the evening sky it might easily become visible naked eye.

We viewed it in 10x50 binoculars and in my 4” f/8 Takahashi telescope. At 40x the tail extented approximately 1.75 degrees. At 80x the coma was bright and quite orange in color. The tail was wide, and seemed to have a dark region splitting it. 

Even with a bright moon, some early morning haze and astronomical twilight it was well worth getting up in the morning to see. 

See a few images I took at 5:00 am on Facebook.


Re: Comet Neowise Rising: The Movie

jimcoble2000
 

That's nice

On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 9:58:19 PM EDT, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:


 Great time-lapse video by Tom Polakis.


Roy


Re: Comet Neowise Rising: The Movie

charles jagow
 

WWOOWW!!!

Sent from Chuck's iPhone

On Jul 7, 2020, at 9:58 PM, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:

Great time-lapse video by Tom Polakis.


Roy


Re: Comet Neowise Rising: The Movie

bob414
 

WOW! WOW!

 

Bob

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Ian Stewart
Sent: Tuesday, July 7, 2020 10:13 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] Comet Neowise Rising: The Movie

 

Wow!

On 7/7/2020 9:58 PM, Roy Diffrient wrote:

 Great time-lapse video by Tom Polakis.

 

 

Roy


Re: Comet Neowise Rising: The Movie

Ian Stewart
 

Wow!

On 7/7/2020 9:58 PM, Roy Diffrient wrote:
 Great time-lapse video by Tom Polakis.


Roy


Comet Neowise Rising: The Movie

Roy Diffrient
 

Great time-lapse video by Tom Polakis.


Roy


More Jupiter Thoughts

jimcoble2000
 

You can see why the equatorial zone (EZ) looks so red and dark this year on Christopher Go's web site. It really is amazing considering how accurate and detailed the camera is that you can get the big picture visually with a little patience. The green filter helps a lot on fine detail. You just have to overlook the color. I still like to see it it's natural colors but then switch to the filter. The difference is remarkable in what you can see in green.


Last night observing

jimcoble2000
 

Observing last night from the balcony. I suspect seeing would have been good but high clouds and haze dropped the transparency a notch or two. Nevertheless I was able to observe Jupiter for some time. Seeing as I said was not bad but not nearly as good as it might have been without the haze. The equatorial zone continues to look very red. I checked Christopher Go's web site and sure enough the Northern belt is very turbulent with a huge red festoon that extends completely into the equatorial zone (EZ). It is so big I suspect some will confuse it for the red spot which lies in the other belt. The southern belt has it's usual dark color but is not nearly so perturbed. There was no red spot or anything of note going on. I spent most of the night trying to achieve focus but was never completely satisfied. Saturn was brief. Titan and rhea were the two most visible satellites. The others were not visible. The moon was observed for a minute but seeing once again combined with a lot of illumination made my visit brief.

I did get up at 445 to see if it was clear enough for the comet but even Venus was barely visible in thick haze. It has been hot and quite hazy lately.


Christopher Go's web site for Jupiter: Jupiter 2020 by Chris Go




Re: Early morning comet

jimcoble2000
 

Good job Ted. So do we !!

On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 10:02:56 AM EDT, Ted Forte <tedforte511@...> wrote:


I was out at 3:45.  We had a little cloud here this morning, but nothing that interfered with any important target.  I think the comet looked even better this morning.  The tail is certainly better seen- extends 2 - 3 degrees from the core and the bifurcation is more visible. Looks great in the 18x50’s and in the 10-inch!  This is a really beautiful comet – I really wish it was in our night sky.

 

Ted

 

 

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of jimcoble2000 via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, July 7, 2020 5:28 AM
To: backbayastro@groups.io; BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] Early morning comet

 

I agree totally. I was up too (I should have texted you right away). Hopeless in the thick haze. No opportunity for the rest of the week. The last week has been like looking through a cream soup.

 

On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 8:22:47 AM EDT, Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:

 

 

I awakened this morning at 4:00 am. Yes, kiddies you heard me right, 4:00 am to look for Comet Neosporin (that's my name for it). The sky was clear near the moon, which was in the western sky but thick with haze elsewhere, so I did the only thing a sane person would do; went back to bed. I think I'll follow my own advice and wait for it to be in the western sky after sunset in a couple of weeks.

By the way, a side effect of Neosporin is itchiness. I have no itchiness to repeat getting up at that hour again.

Kent


Re: Early morning comet

Ted Forte
 

I was out at 3:45.  We had a little cloud here this morning, but nothing that interfered with any important target.  I think the comet looked even better this morning.  The tail is certainly better seen- extends 2 - 3 degrees from the core and the bifurcation is more visible. Looks great in the 18x50’s and in the 10-inch!  This is a really beautiful comet – I really wish it was in our night sky.

 

Ted

 

 

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of jimcoble2000 via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, July 7, 2020 5:28 AM
To: backbayastro@groups.io; BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] Early morning comet

 

I agree totally. I was up too (I should have texted you right away). Hopeless in the thick haze. No opportunity for the rest of the week. The last week has been like looking through a cream soup.

 

On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 8:22:47 AM EDT, Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:

 

 

I awakened this morning at 4:00 am. Yes, kiddies you heard me right, 4:00 am to look for Comet Neosporin (that's my name for it). The sky was clear near the moon, which was in the western sky but thick with haze elsewhere, so I did the only thing a sane person would do; went back to bed. I think I'll follow my own advice and wait for it to be in the western sky after sunset in a couple of weeks.

By the way, a side effect of Neosporin is itchiness. I have no itchiness to repeat getting up at that hour again.

Kent


Re: Early morning comet

jimcoble2000
 

I agree totally. I was up too (I should have texted you right away). Hopeless in the thick haze. No opportunity for the rest of the week. The last week has been like looking through a cream soup.

On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 8:22:47 AM EDT, Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:


I awakened this morning at 4:00 am. Yes, kiddies you heard me right, 4:00 am to look for Comet Neosporin (that's my name for it). The sky was clear near the moon, which was in the western sky but thick with haze elsewhere, so I did the only thing a sane person would do; went back to bed. I think I'll follow my own advice and wait for it to be in the western sky after sunset in a couple of weeks.

By the way, a side effect of Neosporin is itchiness. I have no itchiness to repeat getting up at that hour again.

Kent


Early morning comet

Kent Blackwell
 

I awakened this morning at 4:00 am. Yes, kiddies you heard me right, 4:00 am to look for Comet Neosporin (that's my name for it). The sky was clear near the moon, which was in the western sky but thick with haze elsewhere, so I did the only thing a sane person would do; went back to bed. I think I'll follow my own advice and wait for it to be in the western sky after sunset in a couple of weeks.

By the way, a side effect of Neosporin is itchiness. I have no itchiness to repeat getting up at that hour again.

Kent


Re: July 5 2020 Solar Report

Kent Blackwell
 

I'm sorry, I'm trying my very best to get the sun active again but nothing seems to work. I figure a number of you out there probably spent large sums of money for H-alpha telescopes recently and that, dear reader, is the reason. Thanks a lot!


Re: July 5 2020 Solar Report

jimcoble2000
 

you have failed me for the last time

On Sunday, July 5, 2020, 8:48:33 AM EDT, Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:


Solar report for July 5, 2020: Save yourself time setting up a solar telescope. Go do something else because there is no visible solar activity (again) today. 

Kent Blackwell

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