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So, ATLAS has disintegrated, and it won't provide us a great show in May. But there's another comet that could reach naked-eye visibility in the same time that ATLAS' debris reach perihelion. It's C/2020 F8 (SWAN). It's had an outburst recently and it could reach 3rd or even 2nd mag. And it's looking pretty good from the southern hemisphere! Here, in the north, we'll be the only ones that will see the perihelion of the comet.
So let's see if we're lucky this time... No one knows what could happen, but I have hope. It was only discovered on March 25th, so there's still time to see how this comet reacts.
I am curious, as to what media or software you guys are using, in terms of knowing when certain alignments, conjunctions or events happen?
I actually had a clear sky, a couple of days ago, when the conjunction of Venus and the Pleiades happened, but I didn't know until the day after. I even thought: "what a nice clear sky, but naaah, the moon is way too bright tonight" (I mostly shoot galaxies these days).
So I am actually a bit bummed at missing that.
So, what good sources are you guys using? I am mostly using stellarium, reading a bit on the forum here, and looking into SkySafari Pro (will that give any clues?). Or is it simply by chance figuring it out 😅
Thanks in advance.
I and my girlfriend are now drawing plans to catch the comet C/2019 Y4 Atlas on photo. It's just a few weeks until it reach it's maxima for us living in the Northern hemisphere. We belive there are a lot of others that plan to do the same. We use my travel mount Star Adventurer and two cameras with telephoto lenses, a bit overloaded but easy to bring to a dark place.
I have updated my comet page with examples that belong to this comet. Maybe could be interesting or of some help for you ? UK isn't far away from Sweden and the circumstances not to different from ours in Sweden.
I have also this comet related page that I wrote long time ago:
We wish all of you a clear sky and that you get nice photos of the comet !
Lars and Gunilla