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Old 01-10-2018, 12:15 AM
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Bright comet apparition

Comet Wirtanen is making a very close pass to Earth around perihelion.
I have prepared a preview : -
http://joe-cali.com/astronomy/observ...018/INDEX.html

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Old 01-10-2018, 07:55 AM
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Excellent, thanks Joe. Looking forward to chasing this one.
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Old 01-10-2018, 01:41 PM
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Excellent work Joe! Thanks mate for the post Real shame about its December timing with the Moon as it splits the Hyades and Pleiades!

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Thanks Joe I look forward to viewing this.I wall also have a go at imaging it with the DSLR and various lenses.
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Old 01-10-2018, 04:40 PM
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Sky Safari gives mag 9.4 at the moment so well within reach. I may have a look tonight - will be fun to follow over the coming months.
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Old 01-10-2018, 07:13 PM
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Excellent - and it looks to be in reach of my obs scope, if I ever get everything back together in there!
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Old 01-10-2018, 09:07 PM
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Sky Safari gives mag 9.4 at the moment so well within reach. I may have a look tonight - will be fun to follow over the coming months.
Most recent observational estimates put the comet at around mag. 11.

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Thanks Joe
Will chase this one over the next few weeks..
Love chasing these fuzzies
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Thanks for the info Joe - you've done a great job!

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I did some imaging of Wirtanen tonight, just luminance with my TS115 APO. It was lurking near the Double Star HR576, and there were a couple of faint background galaxies keeping it company, IC1760 being one at mag 13,9.
Attached is a quick grainy crop in low quality jpg. This one is abit better:


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That’s a great in depth analysis of comet Wirtanen Joe
I will certainly be using your finder charts.
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:54 PM
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Spent the last hour under perfect skies with my 9x63 Binos observing this bright fuzzy comet...
Has a nice bright nucleus and very very easy to see in the sky but I was unable to see any hint of a tail if your interested in seeing a comet knows the time you won’t be disappointed may get my dobbie out next weekend for a closer look
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Saw it last night in the MK91, just a fuzzball no tail visible.
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