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December Meet up + Comet chasing.

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Bino-viewer

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

My 2000th Post !!!  ?  (do i get free Dark Site Membership next month to mark it...?? ?)

 

As its been 3 months......How about an observing meet up for December / Christmas ?

 

My suggestion is the following weekend to this one which is  Saturday 15th or Sunday 16th

 

I thought i'd add the Sunday as 'back up' ; the Comet 46P will be at Perihelion that day (to the Earth)

 

The moon shouldn't be too bad.......setting around midnight time i think.

 

Any thoughts ?  I'm happy with Belper or Wymeswold, and for a change i am free all weekend, the Friday before as well ?

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tuckstar

I fancy some comet hunting. Sat would be better for me. As long as the w plays ball. Belper would be my choice if we're observing.

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Bino-viewer

I can do either, but if its cloudy on the Saturday, Sunday maybe is an option too.

 

The comet will be well placed on both days of course, and Saturday is closer to 

the Geminid meteor shower peak as well. 

 

I think if i had to choose a site i would be inclined to pick Wymeswold for its better 

facilities. I'm easy either way though.

 

And this :

It was not my intention to arrange an official monthly meet on my own back.

Its upto the admin to arrange that.

But as we haven't had one since September, i thought i'd suggest this, especially 

with this comet putting in an appearance.

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BAZ

Congratulations on your 2000th post Rob.

 

That's the weekend of the works Xmas bash and I ended up on call too.

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Daz Type-R

Should be free, don't think I have anything on that weekend, need to check the missus is not out on a works do though.

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tuckstar

I should of checked with swmbo. It's her works do, so I'll be comet hunting from the back garden?

 

I'm afraid the Admin have been busy with their real lives and unable to arrange a monthly meets, but, as always, members are free to call meets as they wish. Things should be back on track going in to the new year though.

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Bino-viewer

Is the Friday evening a better option anyone....??

And who knows what the weather Gods have in store..........?️

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Bino-viewer

With typically perfect timing......it looks like the comet has faded. Really faded.

+8.9

 

No wonder i can't bloody see it ! ?

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Tweedledee
9 hours ago, Bino-viewer said:

With typically perfect timing......it looks like the comet has faded. Really faded.

+8.9

 

No wonder i can't bloody see it ! ?

That's a pity if it is fizzling out already. ☹️

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Bino-viewer

Puzzling.

I've been following it on Sky Safari for a couple of months now and watched it get brighter and brighter.

all the way from mag 6 or 7 down to 4.3 when i checked it about a 5 days ago.

 

All estimates indicate it should be about 3.5 come perihelion this weekend.

 

So i get the binoculars out last night, load up Sky Safari and its reading M 8.9

Its still reading 8.9 now.

 

So maybe it has dimmed or started to fall to pieces....?

 

I will be out again tonight, this time with a 12" mirror.

Maybe some Geminds will make up for this comets disappointment ?

 

Last night i spent a good 20 minutes looking for it in my Canon 15x50s

I couldn't see it.

If its now as dim as M8.9 that would explain why.

But also of course, my light pollution plays a big part, i know.

Its a wonder i can see anything half the time that isn't the moon or a planet.....!!

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Doc

Are you sure Rob. I've just looked at CduC and it says mag 3.9.

 

As I said I saw it last night in 10x50's. It was dim as it's surface brightness is spread over a large area but it was definitely there.

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bryand

Pretty sure I got it early this evening.  Not very spectacular, and it took the eye of faith to see any kind of tail. 

Bino-viewer was marginally better than cyclops, but both needed many minutes of gaze to see anything other than a blip.

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Tweedledee

I got it easily in 8x43s tonight. SkySafari says mag 3.8 at the moment and I think it is definitely brightening slightly, but it still looks more like your average 6th magnitude fuzzy DSO to me.

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Bino-viewer

There appears to be some discrepancy with Sky Safari.....??

I'm running the latest version : i think its Sky Safari 6 +

 

But its telling me its brightened from last nights M8.9

Now its M8.8  ?

 

The bottom line : Comets are usually a big letdown.

And meteor showers are in the same category.

 

Feeling disappointed. ?

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BAZ

I couldn't agree more, look at all the hype you got before this one even got close, "It's going to be a naked eye spectacular for Christmas"! 

The only one I remember that bucked the trend was Hale-Bopp, which they said would be poor and turned out to be the comet of the century.

It's the only comet I have even bothered to take a picture of and that was on 35mm. Easter Sunday 1997. Out of the roll of 36, I got one and it's so good I got it blown up and framed. 

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Bino-viewer

For me Hale - Bopp by far the best,

Also Hyakutake was good, as was Comet Holmes that time when it flared up.

 

They're the only 3 for me worth mentioning : 3 in 51 years.

 

Also :

 

Did a big update on Sky Safari 6+ this morning (695.4 MB)

Version 6.3.0 using it on iOS iPhone 8+  iPAD 2018 (not the Pro)

 

Checked again for magnitude update on 46P Wirtenen : still showing M8.8

 

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Tweedledee
2 hours ago, Bino-viewer said:

Did a big update on Sky Safari 6+ this morning (695.4 MB)

Version 6.3.0 using it on iOS iPhone 8+  iPAD 2018 (not the Pro)

I've looked through all the menus on Sky Safari 6 Pro and can't see how to do this.

 

How do you update it Rob?

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Daz Type-R
29 minutes ago, Tweedledee said:

How do you update it Rob?

Gets pushed out by the developers, on IOS updates appear in the App Store, you can’t request / force an update.

 

If your Android any updates should be in the store (not sure though as an Apple user here).

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Bino-viewer

Yes, as Darren mentioned, it was an update alert from the 'App store' on my iPhone.

 

Sky Safari does get updated, which i like......usually 2 or 3 times a year.

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tuckstar

Mag 8 on stellarium and 9 on skysafari. There is an update for ss6 on android, just go to the playstore and search for ss.

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