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Comet C/2016 U1 NEOWISE

Posted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 11:51 am
by rwilkinson
This is a "new" comet (only discovered in October, by the NEOWISE spacecraft), which is moving rapidly across the sky before it reaches perihelion in mid-January.
At the end of last month it was tracking through Ursa Major, and passed very close to the Whirlpool Galaxy (that would have made a good picture!).
I managed to capture it on 1-Dec, using one of the iTelescopes at Mayhill, New Mexico:
Comet NEOWISE on 1-Dec. 4x 60-sec with Takahashi 10" reflector at f/3.4.
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But I may still have a slim chance to try it from Bolton, if I can find a position to set up my 'scope so it can see very low down in the NW...

Re: Comet C/2016 U1 NEOWISE

Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 5:12 pm
by rwilkinson
This diffuse comet is quite colourful - I've just got this image back from iTelescope T3 in New Mexico (which uses a SBIG ST-8300C one-shot colour CCD):
Comet NEOWISE on 9-Dec. Single 5-min exposure with one-shot colour CCD on Takahashi 6" refractor at f/7.3.
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