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Naked eye comet named Lovejoy - visible tonight

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  1. <===Foolsgold

    <===Foolsgold Gold Chaser Site Supporter ++ Platinum Bling

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    It called comet Lovejoy, here a link how to find it. (hint it's almost directly overhead at 7PM from NY (no not the city, all your stars are on B'way :puke: ))

    http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/spot-comet-lovejoy-tonight-122920141/

    I haven't seen it yet myself, it may look like a smudge or small cloud.

    Here's an amateur photo of it.

    http://www.stuartheggie.com/p38826260/haf7b198#haf7b198

    Nikon D700 w 85mm f/1.4 @ f/2.0 15sec exposures w in-camera NR on, ISO 1250. On a Vixen SP-DX mount (so tracking but not guiding).

    happy hunting.
     
  2. Cornelius

    Cornelius Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    If the skies are clear, I'll will check it out. Thanks for the heads up. From what I can figure, in the Chicago area, look west at 7pm and up 45 degrees.

    I checked my astro program for New York City also. It will be above the horizon around 45 degrees, looking west. The moon will be setting due west also.
     
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    Ragnarok I'd rather be Midas Member

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    Might be foggy here again tonight in Cali's Central Valley but I will try to take a look.

    R.
     
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    <===Foolsgold Gold Chaser Site Supporter ++ Platinum Bling

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    There's great free astronomy software called stellarium I use, and I dialed up Chicago. So what I can tell you is at 9:30 central there will be a bright star directly overhead and the comet will be about 5-10 degrees due west of that star. A pair of binoculars will definitely find it. Let me know how you make out.
     
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    Snowing right now so I won't see it unless it hits earth, lol.
     
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    I use "The Sky" astronomy program, that I trust very much. Today's co-ordinates (the address) of the comet are R.A. 02h 42m 32.3 DEC 31○ 31' 12.7". My software shows the comet (at 9:30pm over Chicago) at 50 degree above the horizon, due west.

    I got the address info from http://theskylive.com/c2014q2-tracker


    Below is a snapshot of the software I am using. The red circles indicate the area of the comet.

    New-1.jpg
     
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    Cornelius Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    I don' think that I will be able to see the comet tonight, looks like it is going to be overcast. However, I did confirm that at 9:30 tonight, the comet is in fact bearing due west, at 51 degrees above the horizon. It won't make much difference wherever you are in the country.
     
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  8. <===Foolsgold

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    Hey cornelius since you live in the Chicago area do you by any chance have an astro-physics scope?

    I've owned a couple over the years.
     
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    I added the comet, "Lovejoy" to my program's database. Now it shows up within the program, I use. Now I can see the orbit and play a time lapse video if I want. Right now, the comet is nearly the closest, to Earth.

    Below is a snapshot, if anyone is interested.

    LoveJoy orbit.jpg
     
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    Cornelius Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    Nothing that fancy. I have a 10" Newtonian on a equatorial mount, from Celestron. I would like to sell it. With all the light pollution around here, it is pointless, unless I just want to see the planets or the moon.

    Do you live in a dark sky area?
     
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    I have to deal with the light dome from NYC which extends 100's of miles, but I can see the milky way. No good comet viewing tonight cloudy, too much moonlight.
     
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    I've heard about the "Great New York City Nebula". :rolleyes: How it pollutes the sky with light and all.

    Right now out here, it is scattered clouds... I am gonna go outside, every so often. Maybe I will get a glimpse of it, in the binoculars.
     
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    Clear here but I can't see no comet. Moon is bright for it's size.
     
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    Hi Pitw. This program I use, says that near Edmonton, it is at 188 degrees (just a tad right of due south) at an elevation of 68 degrees above the horizon. So, the horizon is 0 and straight up is 90 degrees. Half way up is 45 degrees. So, go figure and give it a whirl.

    Use binoculars if you have them. The above is for 7:15 your local time. For what it is worth, the program says that the moon is 30 degrees up from the horizon at the same time.
     
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    Well I can see a deer's ear in a forest but all I gotta outta looking for Lovejoy was hard nipples. I'm gonna try again with some clothes on.
     
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    Astro-Physics, yeah? That's some very nice glass! What aperture do you have? They are made locally down in Rockford IL, I've met the old owner, Roland, at a garage sale at my house, believe it or not!
     
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    I've met Roland and Marge severals times at astronomy forums real nice down to earth people. I currently have the 140 F7 refractor and a 900 mount. In the past I had a 180 F9 refractor, I had to sell it in 2001 to survive a period of unemployment.

    Roland is a very ethical business man something rare in today's world. Here's the scope and mount in my yard and in the house.

    DSC00988.jpg

    DSC00990.jpg
     
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    Cornelius Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    Foolsgold, that is a seriously nice scope. Thanks for sharing the photos.
     
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    Cornelius Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    Wow Foolsgold, that mount alone is awesome. Is it as rock solid as it looks?
     
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    Yes it is solid. AP has a newer mount called the 1100 GTO, they don't make the 900 GTO anymore.

     
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    Cornelius Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    Yes, I know. A fast $9k for the mount alone. Ouch.
     
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    Well, it's socked in solid here, no Comet Lovejoy for me, maybe tomorrow night. :(

    R.
     
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    Same here in Chicagoland.
     
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    We haven't had a clear night here in over 2 weeks!
     

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