COMET ISON VIEWING SESSION (hopefully!)

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goldblade1983
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COMET ISON VIEWING SESSION (hopefully!)

Postby goldblade1983 » 29 Nov 2013, 14:01

Hi All
Assuming that the fragment of what is left of Comet ISON survives until tomorrow morning myself and Michael are hoping to try and observe it.

The previous predicted trajectory as I understand means that it should be visible early morning just before dawn in the South East (ESE). All being well we are going to go down to Aberdour silver sands beach which faces south east. There might be an opportunity to photograph it over Edinburgh. If you fancy joining please call me -. I think we will be aiming to be there about 06.30 ish to get set up because there won't be a lot of time to see it.

Given that it has obviously at least partially broken up - does anyone know if there has been any change in its trajectory following its slingshot around the sun? I am going to update my scope's computer so that it has the latest data but do worry that it won't be accurate!

Cheers
Brian
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pbholmes
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Re: COMET ISON VIEWING SESSION (hopefully!)

Postby pbholmes » 29 Nov 2013, 21:18

Sounds good to me.
ISON's a long shot, but you've got to try. Comet trajectories seldom change much on fragmentation, but brightness is famously unpredictable.
Should get decent views of the Moon, Saturn and Mercury before ISON rises.
See you there about 6.30am.
Paul.

Alderney99
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Re: COMET ISON VIEWING SESSION (hopefully!)

Postby Alderney99 » 29 Nov 2013, 21:36

Latest tracking as of tea-time tonight is showing the remnant with a wide "delta" tail,
so even if faint it could be very unusual visually!
http://science.nasa.gov/media/medialibrary/2013/11/29/weird_anim2.gif

Alderney99
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Re: COMET ISON VIEWING SESSION (hopefully!)

Postby Alderney99 » 30 Nov 2013, 16:47

Welll, 6.30 AM onwards and a bit chilly - but 4 hardy souls got to Silver Sands (...eventually!)

No comet ISON due to offshore cloud/haze away to the east, but very dramatic skies, sharp penumbra moon, planets galore (including Saturn with open rings in blue sky) and "silver sands" indeed with a stunning dawn over the Forth and towards Edinburgh from deep dark through to a gold sunrise.

Worth getting up for :)

goldblade1983
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Re: COMET ISON VIEWING SESSION (hopefully!)

Postby goldblade1983 » 01 Dec 2013, 00:07

Yup good planetary viewing. Wad glad to get warmed up though!!. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/highlights/193909261.html

Looks like its gonner unless anything changes.
See you soon.
Brian

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Re: COMET ISON VIEWING SESSION (hopefully!)

Postby Radge Badger » 03 Dec 2013, 21:05

I would have been there with you if I hadn't got in from playing a band gig at 00:30... hopefully there will be another opportunity.
"Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another."
-- Plato (427-347 B.C.)


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