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Old 21-12-2011, 11:02 AM
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Wow Colin! to IceInSpace.

Great image!
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Old 21-12-2011, 11:23 AM
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Wow, beautiful image Colin, and as Glen says, look at the 2 tails!!
Send it in to Spaceweather, if you havent done so yet. Fabulous!!

Oh, and please pop it in the Solar System photography section, so everyone can see it.
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Old 21-12-2011, 11:37 AM
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Great image!

Hi Colin,

that is exactly what I was hoping my heads-up would lead to! Beautiful. Very well done Colin!

I'm picking for you tomorrow the head of the comet will be sitting on top of the trees. Leaves my pics for dead! Hope to do a lot better in the coming days. You have definitely set the benchmark mate.

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Old 21-12-2011, 12:15 PM
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Colin, brilliant! Will definately get up earlier tomorrow.
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Old 21-12-2011, 12:33 PM
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Where is it?

Couldn't see it for the trees and buildings....!!!!!
What elevation is it, must be very low on the horizon?
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Old 21-12-2011, 12:53 PM
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Hi Colin and welcome.
What an awesome image to come into IIS with.
It sends a shiver up my spine and takes me back to the view of comet Mcnaught at the Ice In Space Astrocamp 2007.
I will continue to look every morning, in the hope of the clouds clearing !
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Old 21-12-2011, 01:29 PM
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Hi,

Newbie here . Haven't seen any reports from WA, so thought I'd chime in.

After reading Ian Cooper's post I decided to drive south to the Mandurah Esturary around 2 am for a look. Light pollution is pretty low down there. I took 2 cameras, 1 for timelapsing and the other stills. I started taking images around 2:50 WST. At around 3:10 the first hint of tail appeared above the trees and by 3:15 I could see it visually. It stayed in clear view (non averted vision) from then until around 4:10 (deep twilight). An awesome sight.

Attached is one of the images:

Time: 3:38 WST
Camera: 5D2
Focal: 73mm
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 3200
Shutter: 12 s

I also attempted a 24mm timelapse of the whole event. Haven't looked at that yet, but if it's any good I'll post it here.

If you're lucky enough to have clear skies tomorrow, I urge you to go out before the onset of astronomical twilight. If the comet is anything like it was this morning you won't be disappointed.

Thanks to Ian for the heads up.
Colin, I posted your image with a link to this post on Google+ and it's been re-shared by Fraser Cain, Phil Plaitt and many others - it's going viral!

Congrats!

Make sure you send it to SpaceWeather and APOD!
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Old 21-12-2011, 04:10 PM
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Comet Timelapse

Thanks Mike and everyone else for the kind words and welcome.

I've processed the timelapse. I thought it would be interesting to see in one sequence the change in comet appearance as twilight progressed. Hope you enjoy it.

http://vimeo.com/34007626
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Old 21-12-2011, 04:50 PM
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I've processed the timelapse. I thought it would be interesting to see in one sequence the change in comet appearance as twilight progressed. Hope you enjoy it.
http://vimeo.com/34007626
Great stuff. The still image is exquisite. The time lapse shows how hard it is to see once the sky has brightened. You have put the 5D2 to very good use :-) Interestingly, Rob McNaught's iconic images of 2006 P1 were made with a 5D.

Obviously very well suited to comet imaging :-)
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Old 21-12-2011, 05:17 PM
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Awesome photo Colin.
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Old 21-12-2011, 05:22 PM
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The image is now on the IceInSpace homepage, with a link to this thread for people looking for info on how to view the comet tomorrow morning.

http://www.iceinspace.com.au/home.html

Does anyone have an up-to-date finder chart they can post here?
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Old 21-12-2011, 05:50 PM
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Brilliant pic and video, thanks Collin.
Australian Sky & Telescope have just put the video on facebook.
As for the pic, it's been doing the rounds today since it was first posted here. Everyone's sharing!

Oops nearly forgot - and what an entrance YOU made!
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Old 21-12-2011, 06:19 PM
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The image is now on the IceInSpace homepage, with a link to this thread for people looking for info on how to view the comet tomorrow morning.

http://www.iceinspace.com.au/home.html

Does anyone have an up-to-date finder chart they can post here?
I posted a Stellarium chart for tomorrow earlier today, but so many posts since, and another from Southen Comets Homepage.
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Old 21-12-2011, 06:22 PM
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I posted a Stellarium chart for tomorrow earlier today, but so many posts since, and another from Southen Comets Homepage.
Thanks Liz!
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Old 21-12-2011, 08:19 PM
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Oh boy Ian and Colin...thanks for sharing. Please, please can we get some clear sky here!

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Old 21-12-2011, 08:28 PM
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Right, have picked a couple of spots to go viewing tomorrow morning. Both have clear views towards the SE. Adelaide is expected to be clear so should have no issues with the weather. Just have to make sure I wake up when the alarm goes off
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Old 21-12-2011, 09:46 PM
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Here's one further image from this morning. Taken at the limit of my zoom (105 mm) plus a little in post, it shows a bit more structure in the tail.

Good luck to everyone out there tonight.
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Here's one further image from this morning. Taken at the limit of my zoom (105 mm) plus a little in post, it shows a bit more structure in the tail.

Good luck to everyone out there tonight.
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Another chart for the next few weeks, for Sydney, from TheSky6.
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Old 22-12-2011, 02:14 AM
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Lovejoys path

There are two ways to plot the path of a comet, RA/Dec and Alt/Az.
RA/dec shows the position with respect to the stars.
Alt/Az shows the altitude with respect to the horizon.
Attached are SkyMapPro maps for both methods, looking SSE at 5am AEDT from latitude 29S.
The 6% phase Moon will be 20 degrees north of Comet Lovejoy tomorrow morning.
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