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This is looking promising for later this month and into January http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/binocular-comet-lovejoy-heading-c2014-q2-lovejoy-1211142/?et_mid=711240&rid=246421296

Apparently it is brighter than expected at the moment - which makes a nice change.

I think we'll have to call it Q2 as this fellow Lovejoy seems to be finding a lot of them!

Kerry

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This is looking promising for later this month and into January http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/binocular-comet-lovejoy-heading-c2014-q2-lovejoy-1211142/?et_mid=711240&rid=246421296

Apparently it is brighter than expected at the moment - which makes a nice change.

I think we'll have to call it Q2 as this fellow Lovejoy seems to be finding a lot of them!

Kerry

thanks kerry, i forgot this was about :)

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If you've got a clear Southern horizon it may be visible on Christmas day (night)

Dave

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See also the SGL calendar. ;)

I looked a couple of nights but no luck. The forecast looks good for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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Still only popping up over the horizon for a short while, all those folk on the I.O.W. should be OK. :)

Dave

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One of those Folk on the IOW Here,

                              Standing by with everything I've got. 

Just finished raining but still cloudy and dreary at the moment, but I worked the weekend and am off tomorrow

so I'm up as late as a clear sky makes me wait tonight.

I have only had one half desent night out this month, so I am in need of a fix.

I wouldnt want to end up going "Cold-Turkey" at this time of year, could be fatal.

Clear Skies

Mick

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No (Love)joy here tonight Mick. But Wednesday and Thursday evenings looking promising in the forecast  - can't remember the dates! 

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As good as it gets Christmas Day so need a good South horizon.

Dave

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There are people out there now stating Mag 5.4 and even 4.8 !!!!!!

We shall see........eyes up, look in (To misquote bingo callers)

Mick

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Looking at the elevation it probably will be "eyes down" for me out the bedroom window.

Dave

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Thanks for the heads up. I will at my parents Christmas Day - but will take my bins now.

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i was out freezing until 00:30 this morning waiting for Q2 to appear below Orion and Lepus.

I started down the beach with my bins at around 19:00 but here was Murk below Lepus as it climbed from the SE so I went

back home and got the Newt ready for the Gap to the direct south. "Get it at its highest" was the plan.

I spent the evening looking at some Mesier favourites as I watched Orion, march west along the roof of the house to the South,

Knowing that Lepus was sliding towards the clear gap dead-south in tandem with the Hunter, with the Comet beneath.....

As Lepus started to clear the gap I observed M79, Nice and high above my garden wall........and I stupidly thought it was going

to happen (Q2 was so near I could taste the simple amino acids).

Miraculously though, the pristine clear sky that had prevailed much of the evening became covered in a milky film of some-sort

of thin mist-like cloud/murk that only exists when astronomers are out, . It looked like banks of thin fog rolling in, but higher up!  

I defy the Met office to tell me what the stuff is. (A little Cristmas miracle)

A short time Later, as the Top of Columba and Caelum scraped along the top of the wall to my south, Bits of the target area where clearer than others

as the murk drifted around so hope remained. I could make out some of the nearby star-groupings nearby that I had Identified from Uranometria,

some of which were mag 9 or even 10. Unfortunately as it turned-out my window (in both time and area) to the south came and went without my spotting Lovejoy.

I said goodnight to the neighbourhood Cats, and waddled back indoors to warm my feet and lick my wounds.....

The met office are saying rain tomorrow (which usually means cloudy this evening and chucking it down by just after midnight) but I think I will

abstain from too many drinkies today in order to have another go this eve if its clear enough........

(And if TITANs haze does'nt turn up over the Isle of Wight again).

I hope you have better Crismassy / Yule-tidy luck with your skies

Good hunting           Mick

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Your report made me smile Mick. The things we do chasing these wee fuzzies! I love comets though. 

I think I will have to wait a bit for this one to climb higher given my poor view to the south.

All the best for Christmas

Kerry 

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Unlucky Mick, clouded over with the high milky fog here about 10.00pm, looking like tonight could go either way, fingers crossed, forecast clear  :grin:

Supposed to be a transit of the Moon by ISS just after 18.00 visible from here so will try that first.

Dave

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Damien Peach Grrrrr, great image, bet mine doesn't look like that.

Dave

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Got it !

21:40 From Sandown Beach it is visible with 10x50 Binoculars (even with beach-front lights behind me).

It is currently about 4 degrees up from the sea horizon and should get about 4 degrees higher by midnight. 

Nice clear sky just now........

Newt's ready in the Garden, I'm off back down to the beach with my little reflector and a 6mm lens.

Pip Pip    Mick

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Got it !

21:40 From Sandown Beach it is visible with 10x50 Binoculars (even with beach-front lights behind me).

It is currently about 4 degrees up from the sea horizon and should get about 4 degrees higher by midnight. 

Nice clear sky just now........

Newt's ready in the Garden, I'm off back down to the beach with my little reflector and a 6mm lens.

Pip Pip    Mick

Well done, Mick, looking forward to having a look when this is more easily placed. Great to have another comet!

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No luck here. LP (and maybe the alcohol ;) ) on the southern horizon is not helping, I am thinking that mag 4 is probably my limit in that part of the sky. Using 10x50s I can work my way across to Furud but unable to pick out Lovejoy, There is something very misty in the right part of the sky but I am not counting that as yet.

Next time there is a clear sky I will have the scope out and try again.

Conditions elsewhere are fantastic and I have enjoyed a nice tour of the sky. Jupiter and the Galilean moons are noticeably clear through the binos.

I use this link to find Lovejoy; http://theskylive.com/c2014q2-info

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