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Naked eye comet named Lovejoy - visible tonight

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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.
 

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

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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.
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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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.
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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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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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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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.
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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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?
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 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.
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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Clear here but I can't see no comet. Moon is bright for it's size.
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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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.
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.

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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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Well, it's socked in solid here, no Comet Lovejoy for me, maybe tomorrow night. :(

R.
 

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We haven't had a clear night here in over 2 weeks!