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Old 23-12-2011, 08:23 PM
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Hoping for clear skies Ronnie. There might be some cloud around in the morning so perhaps go east of the ranges if you can.
My mate would love to try & get reflections from Adelaide Salt pans but i am thinking by your advice Nairne or Mt Barker
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Old 23-12-2011, 08:29 PM
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Dry Creek? Maybe but you really want to get away from city lights to really experience it.
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Old 23-12-2011, 08:54 PM
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Hi Ice in Space members,

I've completed four consecutive nights of photography of Comet Lovejoy, from Western Australia.

The comet was a superb sight early this morning (23 Dec), with about 15 degrees of tail visible (in dark skies, from 70km east of Perth).

I've concentrated on photographing high resolution mosaics of the comet, as it appears above Perth and the Swan River, from the vantage point of Kings Park.

A sample of images is currently available for preview at the followinng link (link may be archived at a later time);

http://www.celestialvisions.com.au/e...-projects.html

If you want to contact me directly, please use the enquires form on www.celestialvisions.com.au

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Old 23-12-2011, 09:33 PM
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Have a look at the views for Colin's amazing shot......
http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/s...8&postcount=98

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Old 24-12-2011, 12:33 AM
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Thanks Steve. Been a treat to see my pics on spaceweather.com...thanks to Liz and Mike for the prompt.

At the risk of over doing it, here's one more from the 22nd. This is a wide angle version of the reflection shot and a still from another timelapse:

http://vimeo.com/34126124

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Old 24-12-2011, 12:50 AM
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Dry Creek? Maybe but you really want to get away from city lights to really experience it.
He is driving so his choice but i will explain about city lights to him .
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Old 24-12-2011, 01:20 AM
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simply stunning shot there colin!
hope to meet you in the field one day

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Old 24-12-2011, 01:35 AM
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At the risk of asking an obvious/dumb/unanswerable question, what's with the two tails?

e.g. Astroman's latest pics definitely seem to have two separate tails.
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Old 24-12-2011, 01:39 AM
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Hi Dan,

Best explained as the following:

"These are the dust and ion tails. The gaseous ion tail is blown almost directly away from the sun by the solar wind, while the heavier, brighter dust tail will follow the comet's orbit"

Hope this helps
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Old 24-12-2011, 03:54 AM
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Tail out to 22 degrees!

Hi All,

After a large mass of cirrus stratus moved over us yesterday evening I thought that this morning would be the first miss of the week. Fortunately the cirrus went as fast as it came. An absolutely stunning morning here on the Manawatu Plains, Lower North Island, west coast, New Zealand.

I got up at 2.15 a.m. local time and there was 5 degrees of tail up already! Tried a new location just NE of Levin to get the Tararua Ranges in again. No cloud to worry about this time. A couple of hiccups. A few focussing problems early on, and I didn't spot a set of power lines sweeping just above the mountain tops until twilight revealed them. By then it was too late. I hadn't checked the site out in daylight, so thems the breaks. Photoshop will remove them later.

What an awesome hour & a quarter. The tail is now nearly as long as Ikeya-Seki at its best. The only thing missing is a brilliant stellar head!The split in the end of the tail was nearly 4 degrees wide. The evenly luminous beam lower down really was like a search light beam.

The vertical picture is 1 min on ISO 800 at f/5.6. The horizontal one is 30 seconds. Canon EOS 10D.

Best of luck to you all. Keep enjoying the moment. I gotta get some shut eye soon. Only 3 hours last night, & the same again tonight. I was going to take my brothers three youngest kids shopping later today, but I think I will just give them the money and let them go for it. I couldn't really face the shopping madness right now.

Cheers, Coops.
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Old 24-12-2011, 04:05 AM
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Great pics Coop.

Currently out again but probably wasting my time. High cloud and wind spoiling the show. Two mornings in a row now ruined by cloud. It looks like I won't have clear skies until maybe Wednesday.

Hopefully people on the eastern seaboard get some views.
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Old 24-12-2011, 04:36 AM
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Great pics Coop.

Currently out again but probably wasting my time. High cloud and wind spoiling the show. Two mornings in a row now ruined by cloud. It looks like I won't have clear skies until maybe Wednesday.

Hopefully people on the eastern seaboard get some views.
I feel your pain swannies i wasn't able to get away from home tonight so walked to 2kms to nearest park clear sky on arrival there so waited
for about 30 mins looked in Scorpius direction again & cloud had come could come a few hours later grr . Clouds have been good to astronomers in SA this year
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Awesome shots you guys. Keep them coming.
Currently raining atm.
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Old 24-12-2011, 04:54 AM
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nice shots guys...a small glimpse this morning.......as the rain set in again
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Old 24-12-2011, 05:04 AM
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I feel your pain swannies i wasn't able to get away from home tonight so walked to 2kms to nearest park clear sky on arrival there so waited
for about 30 mins looked in Scorpius direction again & cloud had come could come a few hours later grr . Clouds have been good to astronomers in SA this year
Ronnie
I'm actually in the process of blowing some cloud away. Just like yesterday morning, it's right where I don't want it. I might be lucky in another 15mins. All I can say is "wow" about the tail
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Old 24-12-2011, 05:04 AM
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spaceweather.com has some footage of the comet as seen in the space station amazing!!!!!!!!!!! with a very thin slither of earth
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Old 24-12-2011, 05:28 AM
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I finally got it!

This is Lovejoy from rural Argentina, I'm still processing photos so I plan to upload many more today.

http://www.luisargerich.com/lovejoy
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Old 24-12-2011, 06:53 AM
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Was despairing of ever seeing it but finally got a clear morning! Wow, what a sight, I'm gobsmacked! With very hilly horizons around the comet was completely washed out by daylight by the time the head rose but the tail was magnificent in the darker skies.

There are some fabulous shots being posted of the whole comet, but my scant offerings are only sections of the tail. The first might help to communicate the scale of this comet for any NHem people viewing the thread:
http://i727.photobucket.com/albums/w...2011textsm.jpg
http://i727.photobucket.com/albums/w...55mmtextsm.jpg

If you read this Terry, I wasn't able to get a shot that might be useful for astrometry, hope a bit more comes in. We need a precise orbit so our great-great-great-great etc etc etc.... grandchildren know exactly when it's coming back!

Cheers -
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Old 24-12-2011, 07:06 AM
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Nice shots Rob. good detail in both. So do you think it will change from a C/ toe a P/ Comet?
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Old 24-12-2011, 07:13 AM
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Nice shots Rob. good detail in both. So do you think it will change from a C/ toe a P/ Comet?
Thanks! Nah Andrew, think there was rough figuring of a 300-400 year orbit so it'll stay a C/

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