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  1. 10 points
    What a night !!!!! Two scopes cooled and ready plus 11x70 binoculars. Fabulous naked eye comet complete with long tail. Galaxies, nebulae and clusters showing wonderfully overhead. Jupiter with the Great Red Spot bang in the centre of the disk with a lovely arrangement of it's moons and background stars to compliment it. Just waiting for Saturn to round off the sort of session that has not occurred for a long, long time. Simply glorious
  2. 10 points
    Finally calling it a night. Didn’t matter whether I used bins, 80mm frac, 10” dob or just plain old naked eye, this comet is superb! It will live long in the memory. Enjoyed lots of other great targets too. Veil, NAN and Crescent for my nebula fix. Nice detail on Saturn with some banding and a sharp Cassini division. A distinctly orange GRS on Jupiter. By far my clearest view of the polar ice cap on Mars. This is astronomy at it’s very best! Great night.
  3. 9 points
    So having checked Stellarium and realised that Comet Neowise is now visible from just after sunset to dawn I headed out much earlier than I had planned to a a farmers hard standing just off one of the local country lanes about 2 miles away. I took my Nikon D90 with 18-200 zoom lens, my old Revelation Astro 62/520 (F8.4) guidescope with Nikon T2 connector and 1.25" nose, 2 x camera tripods and my 15x70 binoculars. For once I made a great decision. Using Capella as a guide I quickly found the comet in the handheld 15x70s so set them up on one of the trippods - OMG what a fabulous sight tthis comet is. Quickly grabbed the camera with zoom lens popped it on the other tripod set to manual mode, used Capella for focus then popped over to the comet and tested a range of exposures, settling on 2s at ISO1600. Here is the first one, just a jpeg off the camera with no processing. Next I swapped the camera lens for the RevAstro 62/520 achromatic, keeping the same 2s ISO1600 exposures. With the tail appearing so long I turn the camera portrait and captured some more at the same exposure settings. Here's one of them.. As you can see along the bottom edge of that portrait image there were dark clouds building and about 5m later the comet was covered by cloud, so it was definitely worth venturing out early. I drove to a couple of other locations that I'd checked out this afternoon, but the cloud cover had increased so I gave up and returned home. I actually capture about 10 Raw NEF files of each of the above framings, so I will see if I can stack them for better resolution images, but I'm a pretty happy bunny just with those 3 jpegs. FWIW the comet was easy naked eye pretty much from when I set up at around 10:30 becoming clearer over then next 30 minutes, or so until the clouds beat me around 11pm.
  4. 9 points
    Managed to see and image comet Neowise this evening. Great transparency. Canon 700d and 70mm - 300mm telephoto lens. 15sec exposure at Iso 800. Raw data straight off the card, will process tomorrow (today, lol) gone 1am.
  5. 8 points
    Totally amazing again tonight. I waited two hours for the clouds to clear, but it was worth it! And as quick as it cleared, it clouded over again.
  6. 8 points
    I'm packing in as well. Totally agree Neil - this is what it is all about. The sky rewarded me with this sight as I packed the scope away - simply breathtaking:
  7. 7 points
    Set my alarm for 1.30 this morning, drove out into the mendips and dragged by backside and gear up to the highest point, Black Down Hill for panoramic views over Bristol. The beautiful comet and NLC display made it very worth it! Comet was easily naked eye and filled the FoV of my 8x50 bins. Pics with 1200d and Sigma 18-200mm.
  8. 7 points
    Worth waiting up until 3.00 am. A single 1.6 second exposure using a 50mm f1.8 lens on a Sony A7. Adrian
  9. 7 points
    Here is the result of 14 raw images manually aligned on the comet nucleus (hence the slight star trails), then combined, cropped and a quick DDP + NR process using ImagesPlus. Images were not guided as taken with the camera attached to the Revelation Astro 62/520 scope mounted on a camera tripod. NB I had to use one of my wife's weight training ankle weights to balance the scope as otherwise it was too camera heavy - it worked like a dream . I'll stack and process the other 2 groups of images tomorrow, but I'm heading to bed now more happy than I can say.....
  10. 6 points
    Skirting the rooftops now. Used a high ISO to get the roofs, hence the grain
  11. 5 points
    Simply beautiful. I really couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Got up before 2.00 in the hope of catching it against a darker sky than the other day. After some clambering around the garden I scanned the horizon above distant trees and realised that I could actually see the tail above the trees while the head was still hidden. After years of waiting for a comet that actually looked like a comet with real tail here I was seeing just the tail! After a while the bright head also cleared the trees to give a stunning sight through the Canon binoculars. Also no argument now whether it was naked eye or not as it hovered about the trees. A picture book sight through the binoculars- a long arcing and graceful tail curving upwards and so bright near the head. It almost gave the impression of being on fire. I didn’t try to take photos, just drank in the view. A sight of a lifetime. Dragged myself away as the sky lightened and took away a little of the tail’s beauty
  12. 5 points
    Guiding is going really well tonight. Managed to hand out the roof window and grabbed this with my dslr on a tripod.
  13. 4 points
    I went for a little hike up a hill at 2am to get this picture, it really is an impressive sight and I highly recommend you set the alarm clocks and check it out
  14. 4 points
    Almost didn't get up when the alarm went at 1:50, but glad I did, first clear morning to see the comet, plus bonus noctilucent clouds. Fuji X-T1 / Samyang 135mm @ f2.8, 20 x 9sec iso400.
  15. 4 points
    Woohoo! At 03:34 BST, Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) was bagged from my Liverpool doorstep through Olympus DPS-I 10x50s. Only taking a couple of minutes to find using Capella as a start point. Brilliant, just like the pics! I thought the noctilucent cloud display I was treated to on stepping out may be a hindrence, but not at all. Completing the 25 minute session, turning to the slightly darker southern sky, a bonus lovely bright salmon pink Mars and smashing 73% waning gibbous moon.
  16. 4 points
    Some lovely comet images from tonight I've just called time on observing it through bins, though I did have to wait a fair while for cloud on the horizon to stop spoiling the party. The current forecast is for clear sky tomorrow night, so I'll try to set up some means of imaging tomorrow. When the sky is clear and eyes are dark-adapted it is very obvious even naked-eye. I got my daughter out of bed so she could see it and she said "Oh, yes, I can see that!" even before I'd handed her the binoculars or even told her where to look. James
  17. 4 points
    Goodnight Dave. I turning in as well. Achieved focus so I'm a happy bunny. I can focus on tweaking things now and trying to flatten the image plan a bit assuming that's the reason for unlevel field. Night all, good luck comet spotting etc.
  18. 4 points
    Managed my first 'proper' capture of M57 lum 30sec - chuffed! Beautiful night for it. Have kicked off an LRGB plan for the next few hours. Time for a cuppa.
  19. 4 points
    Comet looks great Canon 450d 200mm lens 5 secs
  20. 4 points
    This wide field stuff's a bit to easy init!!
  21. 4 points
    Fantastic here in the West of Ireland tonight, was looking iffy for a bit but it all came good, super views with the 10x50's and also a 25mm eye piece on my little Meade ETX70, clearly visible with the naked eye also. Been trying for a while to catch a view so Im totally made up tonight, only the 2nd naked eye comet I have ever seen. What struck me about this comet was the huge length of the tail, it really is fantastic, far better than I ever expected. Back off out now for more because this is Ireland, it could rain till xmas from tomorrow, so got to make the most of it. Good luck to everyone, hope you all get a chance to view this wondeful sight
  22. 4 points
    My 60’s Polaroscope, 60mm x 900, f15, I bought it a few months ago, in near mint condition in its wooden case with all the accessories for a measly $100 C. Wonderfull views, its shown beside my 1959 Tasco Model 304, the glass is excellent.l
  23. 4 points
    They told me there was a new comet in the nothern sky. They told me the sky was going to be clear this evening and night. So I jumped in the car an hour+ ago and headed out to my northern viewing site. Yep magnificent sky. only 4 clouds, a big one between Polaris and Capella, and two lesser ones below it near the horizon. One small one far round in the west. Wot comet ? ! Phhhha the're avin a larf. Scanned this way and that with the 10x50, , , nuffink. and then, yes you guessed , I glimpsed the end of a tail poking out from one of the lesser clouds. !!! Would you adam&eve it, a whole hemisphere to chose from and it had to obscure my comet ! Anyhows, to cut a long saga short, the cloud slowly got thinner and drifted away. What a magnificent comet ! What a beautiful tail. Happy bunny !
  24. 3 points
    It was nicely visible here at 23:30 last night with the 15x70s. After ten minutes or so dark adaptation, it was visible without the bins, although nothing like Hale-Bopp of course! A stack of 6 frames with a 90mm macro lens:- Chris
  25. 3 points
    Just seen it for the first time and can't believe how bright it is. It's only the second comet I've seen. I had to drive out to somewhere with a clear North West horizon because it is obstructed from home. Also, it was my first time seeing noctilucent clouds believe it or not - a really spectacular sight! Definitely worth losing sleep for!
  26. 3 points
    Like I said- I do see on axis differences in sharpness and the Delos is right up there in this department, bested by the Zeiss zoom and Docter by a bit under the best of conditions. You were right btw- years ago a discussion led to the idea that the Zeiss zoom loses a bit of sharpness right near the high end of its range, barlowed or not- and I see this. The Delos is the deepest widefield out there and I've been comparing the Doc to it in this regard and its very close, but the nod might be going to the Delos. I test scatter in the TSA120 and Zeiss prism diag. Televue has a very good build on all the Delos I've tried- my 17E is on the chopping block due to the super 17.3mm. With regard to complex lens eyepieces- not only does the design matter but possibly more important is the execution of the design and the quality control so there no "good ones" but all of equal and top quality. My 7mm KK is top tier, my 5mm KK sub par... Eventhough I don't own "top" orthos, I've sorted through a bunch to come up with good ones and use these on the faintest of galaxies and PNs with great luck. The vg 25mm TV "plossl" is my goto Horsehead eyepiece was the first to show it in my 10" dob. My pair of 32mm TV plossls are a fixture in the Binotron 27s for low power lunar viewing in the 15". So maybe I won't use the 10mm MA after all (worst EP Ive ever had) and keep on going with the TV's, Doc/Zeiss and the superb Vixen HRs- and of course my beloved cheap orthos.
  27. 3 points
    What a beauty Thoroughly enjoyed seeing it, just though as it's clipped by the mullion
  28. 3 points
    Evening all or should I say morning, finally manged to get first light with the dome, it all seems to be working nicely now, just managed a couple of 20 min subs, so much wispy cloud about so I consider myself grateful to get the testing sorted, this is just a single sub, nothing done apart from a quick stretch: - Going to call it a day in a min, so I'll say goodnight until the evening when it is supposed to be clear again.
  29. 3 points
    Yes, it's very obvious from here. I just popped outside to see if it is visible in one of the few gaps in between trees and roof tops from my back garden and was greeted by the glorious sight of it naked eye, so had to grab my 15x70s for another long look. It's bar far the best comet I've seen in 30 or more years I think, just glorious....
  30. 3 points
    its got an impressive tail.
  31. 3 points
    It's a lovely sight, clearly visible..
  32. 3 points
    Very happy to come home from a 12 hour shift to find my “final” eyepiece for my set waiting for me.
  33. 2 points
    Nice views of Neowise and noctilucent clouds an added bonus. So nice to be able to do some naked eye astronomy for a change.
  34. 2 points
    Just got back indoors about thirty minutes ago, after my first view and fourth naked eye comet to date; (the other three Comets were Hyakutake, Hale-Bopp & Holmes). It is very impressive from my suburban sky. I too used Capella as a reference point/marker. Moon, Mars Jupiter & Saturn also looking very nice this morning too.
  35. 2 points
    Amazing night indeed My first comet! And it’s beautiful and strange. Really a wow moment. Earlier around 11 I think i split Antares it actually looked like a normal star it was so tight. Jupiter was stunning- I’ve been trying out my ADC (used on Antares too) and it brought out so much detail on Jupiter- etched details in the bands and around GRS though the seeing helped. I stood there at one point not quite believing every which way I looked there was something amazing to see! Fab More than made up for the weeks of foul weather we’ve had! And yes those clouds!!
  36. 2 points
    And we got it again tonight - went back to the common from earlier in the week but Mikle came too (not just as protection , he brought his camera too!). It didn't feel like summer though!! Duvet jacket with hood up, a scarf and gloves to cope with the blustery and cold conditions. The Moon and Mars looked great, as did Jupiter and Saturn. But main attraction floating on the horizon easily naked eye...
  37. 2 points
    Just when I thought it was all over ..... this happened at the northern horizon. Noctilucent Cloud display AND a bright comet !!!!
  38. 2 points
    Wow just seen it for the first time, very impressive
  39. 2 points
    So why can't I see it? Am I looking too far down? I do have trees around, but I walked up the road (Nearly getting run over) but nothing. My north is a bit bright, but judging by those photos and reports I should be able. Oh, too bad. Anyway, anything closer than about 100 LY is a bit too parochial for me, below my radar.
  40. 2 points
    The comet is really something incredible. I’ve had a fantastic night with both scope and new bins and am now going to bed with a right grin on my chops.
  41. 2 points
    Happy to see the comet tonight, visible with the eye too! (once accustomed to the light)
  42. 2 points
    This is a 60s exposure. Lovely clear night. Still daylight showing in the north (top of image). I'm looking forward to Astro Dark!
  43. 2 points
    Got it easily in my 8x40s as it passed thru a gap between the trees to toe northwest. Also got a lovely view through the ED120 at 28x with my 32mm Panaview. Very clear bright nucleus and fan shaped tail as John describes. Very pleased to have caught it tonight but will try again in the small hours as there is no work tomorrow.
  44. 2 points
    just to keep everyone in the loop, someone local is coming to look at it Monday, if for any reason that falls through then everyone who has pm'd me will get a message decided to set it up tonight for the first time in a while just to make sure everything was fine with it, saw Jupiter and its moons, and Saturn, for the first time ever ! I have always had to be up early for work or one thing or another and have never had the chance before now, being furloughed from work meant I could finally stay up a bit later, be sad to see it go now lol but im glad to have finally seen them, and i now know my finder scope is set bang on as it was very very easy to get them in view as ive had so much interest, and even higher offers, i wont be letting it go for less than £1200 so anyone wanting to knock me down im afraid you will miss out, i have a queue of people lol, starting to think i should have listed it at £1400+
  45. 2 points
    On the heart nebula too, also first light with my Ha antlia filter, quite impressed. 1x 300s @ 139gain
  46. 2 points
    At last I've managed a few subs of M16!!!! It is skimming along the top of the hedge, and I will lose it shortly, but at least I can find it for 30 minutes, or so. I'm a happy bunny, even if I probably cannot get enough data to make a "nice" image. This is a crop at full res. I'll be off to cygnus shortly.
  47. 2 points
    Caught it just setting below the hedge tonight. Nikon Z6 w/ an ancient 70-200f/4.5 telephoto, 1/25th of a second at f/4.5.
  48. 2 points
    I had my 2nd NEOWISE session early this morning. Such a wonderful sight as it rises over the trees! I plan to be out again around 2:30am tomorrow. Unfortunately I can't see the comet from my usual observing location, so I'm limited to using binoculars for viewing and a camera on a static tripod for imaging, a short walk from home. However, I did take an 80mm telescope with me this morning, and used it on the camera tripod. I captured the following using 7 x 1.3 sec. frames at ISO 12800 (ouch!). Good luck and clear skies to all chasing NEOWISE over the coming nights! Regards, Mike.
  49. 2 points
    That is a beauty! Enjoy! Looks like you and I have both received our “final” eyepiece this week
  50. 2 points
    I know, I know....I just couldn't resist it. I'm hardly free of refraction affliction myself!
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