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Knight of Clear Skies

Imaging opportunity - Comet Iwamoto

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Just a quick heads up. Comet Iwamoto is brightening and has reached about mag 7. On the 13th February it passes over NGC2903 in Leo, such that the galaxy may be visible through the coma.

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It should also make a good binocular target over the next few days, it's expected to peak at about mag 6.5.

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Been waiting patiently for it to get above the rooftops / treeline here.

Dave

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It has already got to mag 6.5-6.7 according to four observers last night.

Another opportunity for  imaging. It will be passing M95 by less than 1 degree on the night of the 10/11th with M96 just over 1 degree away.

Nigel

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Excellent.   Cheers for the heads-up everybody.   

I'd like to get a good comet shot at some stage.......   and one with a tail this time, that last one  ( ...."naked eye, best comet of the decade..." )  was a bit blobby, wasn't that easy to find    ( probably due to me being a bit dozy ),  but it was a nice shade of green.

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48 minutes ago, Stub Mandrel said:

This will be an amazing opportunity if it's clear on Wednesday evening!

If the sky is  clear here on Wednesday the comet will be in the same FOV as some Flying Pigs!  😃

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