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  1. The Binocular Sky Newsletter for December 2013 is now available. Things have been a tad hectic recently at "BinoSky Central" , so this is a tad shorter than usual but, I hope, will still be useful. What I try to pass off as "normal service" will be resumed as soon as possible... In addition to the usual selection of good DSOs and Solar System objects to observe, in this month's issue we also have: * Comet Lovejoy * Many lunar occultations * A selection of variable stars To grab your (free!) copy, go to http://binocularsky.com/ and click on the Newsletter tab. I hope you find it useful.
  2. Now that ISON has crossed the orbit of Mars, it is time we start contemplating on possible techniques to photograph it. Personally I have a Sky-watcher 200PDS on the HEQ5-PRO goto mount, and my trusty Canon 550D. I have never attempted to photograph a comet before, so would highly appreciate any tip and advice from anyone in these forums.
  3. Took this image of comet ISON last night through somewhat murk skies. The comet is currently 4.19 AU from Earth at magnitude 15.5. I was surprised to see some motion over a short time with the comet so far away. Here's hoping it will be a good one . Rob
  4. Comet ISON - Friday 15th November, over Bakewell, England. This is (roughly) 15x1 min subs in each of RGB and 7x1 mins Lum with my Takahashi FSQ85 / Atik 460. Tracking was done on the stars and the images processed separately - in DSS for the comet and Neb for the starfield. (DSS produced a disappointing result in it's 'stars and comet' mode). I then processed in CS5 using a layer mask technique to blend in the comet over the starfield. It took a fair amount of processing but am pleased with the outcome, and even managed a few Virgo faint fuzzies. Thanks for looking, Simon
  5. The Binocular Sky Newsletter for November 2013 is now available. In addition to the usual selection of good DSOs and Solar System objects to observe, in this month's issue we also have: * Three comets * Two asteroid occulations for the UK * Many lunar occultations (including one of Spica) * A selection of variable stars To grab your (free!) copy, go to http://binocularsky.com/ and click on the Newsletter tab. I hope you find it useful.
  6. The Binocular Sky Newsletter for December 2013 is now available. Things have been a tad hectic recently at "BinoSky Central" , so this is a tad shorter than usual but, I hope, will still be useful. What I try to pass off as "normal service" will be resumed as soon as possible... In addition to the usual selection of good DSOs and Solar System objects to observe, in this month's issue we also have: * Comet Lovejoy * Many lunar occultations * A selection of variable stars To grab your (free!) copy, go to http://binocularsky.com/ and click on the Newsletter tab. I hope you find it useful.
  7. I got up at 4 this morning to do some comet hunting. The sky was clear overhead, but haze was making visibility poorer towards the horizon. Occasional threatening clouds passed, so I did not dare set up the scope. I got out the 15x70 bins, checked the finder charts for the comets, and headed out. Lovejoy was best placed by far, I aimed the bins above Leo's head and WHAM, there was the comet. A very bright core, large coma, and in averted vision a hint of tail. Very pleasing. I checked out the transparency of the sky by looking at M101, and could barely make it out, so conditions were not that good. M81 and M82 were nice, but I have seen them look better as well. I tried getting a look at C/2012 X1 (LINEAR) which has undergone a large outburst recently, and found that it was still too low. ISON was also hidden. I went back to bed for a short nap, and got up again at 5:40. Because Virgo was largely hidden by trees, I walked over to the football fields behind my house (and said trees), and managed to find a faint blob in averted vision close to Arcturus. It was very hard, due to the haze, but I repeatedly found (at least four times) and its location fitted the finder chart so comet number two found. ISON was playing hide and seek in some low haze/fog, so I went back home. I couldn't resist giving ISON one more try, this time from a first-floor window, and lo and behold, I spotted a "star" at a 2-3 degrees left and below Porrima, which showed a bit of fuzziness in averted vision. I went away from the object and found it again a couple of times, and it persistently showed a bit of fuzziness which brighter stars around it did not show, so it couldn't be a case of glare. The position also fits with the charts, so comet number three bagged. As the sky was already brightening a bit, I was not surprised that I could see no tail. So this is clearly my best comet chasing session to date, as I raised my (fairly meagre) tally of comets from 6 to 9 in one night. Obviously I felt very pleased, but duty called, as the alarm clocks went off at 6:30, and I had to make breakfast, chase up the kids, make lunch boxes, etc.
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