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Old 14-02-2013, 11:30 AM
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Comet Lemmon and SMC widefield, 13th Feb

Hi all,

I took advantage of the clear sky last night and had a go at capturing Lemmon near the SMC and 47 Tuc. I used my Tamron 90mm macro lens this time, with the camera just on a tripod (since I don't have a tracking mount). This image was made using 20 x 20sec exposures at f/2.8 and 3200 iso (plus 10 darks), stacked in DSS and processed in LR3. I'm pretty happy with the result for a tripod-mounted camera . It was taken from near Warrill View, south west of Brisbane.

The comet has noticably brightened over the last week, and the tail is much more prominent. i could easily spot the comet with naked eyes, and could see about 2 degrees of tail in my 7x50 binoculars. A fabulous view!

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Good skills. Hoping it will be fine tonite so I can drag out my Tamron 90 and give it ago.Thanks for showing the pic.
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Nice one Stephen!

Really come up well for short exposures.
Yes it is brighter, I viewed through an 80mm finder, saw 1 degree of tail and it looks brighter at the core.

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Old 14-02-2013, 12:30 PM
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Awesome Stephen!
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Thanks very much Mike, Justin and Mike! It will be interesting to see just how bright it gets.

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Really good, Stephen!
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Nice work-- Tony.
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Nice Shot to many clouds here and always at night.
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Very well done Steve
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Very well done Stephen
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Thanks very much Laurie, Tony, Derek, Dave and Tom! Much appreciated.

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very nice image Stephen.
Looking forward to getting a look when the
weather clears.
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Is it moving away from or close to SMC and 47 Tuc now?

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Great shot Stephen, seeing it in context really shows how bright and big it's getting now.
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very nice image Stephen.
Looking forward to getting a look when the
weather clears.
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Thanks Ron! It's been cloudy/rainy ever since I captured that image, so I got lucky I think. Hopefully we'll get some clear skies in SEQ again soon...

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Is it moving away from or close to SMC and 47 Tuc now?

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Sorry for the delay in replying Greg - as I'm sure you're aware it is moving away from the SMC now.

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Great shot Stephen, seeing it in context really shows how bright and big it's getting now.
Thanks Rolf! It will be interesting to see how much brighter it gets.

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