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    August 9th, 2018

    Almost hot today and as the afternoon wore on, humidity was building in nicely. Not long after getting off work at 1700 hrs., columns of air punched through into the higher strata of atmosphere and boiled over into severe thunderstorms. These formed just east of my house, but the outflow knocked lots of leaves down in the yard. As the storms huffed and puffed and eventually fell, their guts scattered widely over the sky. What managed to hold together drifted off to the east.

    Anyway, as the Sun was finally settling westward, I noticed what appeared to be a clear looking sky through the front door glass. I went out back and looked up. Still some sky trash floating about, but lots of clear patches.

    I unlocked the shed, pulled out the old tall wood tripod with the AZ3 mount on it and saddled up the Premium 80. I grabbed a fistful of eyepieces, a small table, and my observing chair.



    I then returned inside for a while to let the dark settle in. Around 2130 hrs., I returned to the scope to get dark adapted.

    My goal on this night was to catch a peek at a comet. I enjoy observing these, but often forget about them. I wasn’t sure how much luck I’d have though. The seeing was atrocious. The brighter stars were flickering and strobing like little disco balls, and the transparency was getting toward the soupy side of things. Oh well, I’m not here to run a marathon.

    The mosquitoes were rather urgent and hateful this evening too. Barely a buzz announcing their presence was heard before I felt the sting of the bite. Lots of bats wheeling about too.

    I settled in behind the scope. I noted that my quarry was on the northern side of Cassiopeia, almost 3.5° “up” from Segin (ε Cassiopeiae). I sighted that star in the Rigel QuikFinder. A bit tough to even see the star naked-eye as it was only 20° and in the soupy muck and a light dome. I finally pegged it and confirmed in the RACI.

    Moving to the 32mm in the focuser, I worked my way up to the comet’s position.

    1. 21P/Giacobini-Zinner - NEW
    (Comet in Cassiopeia, mag 8.3, 70.3% illuminated)
    Observed: Aug 9, 2018 at 21:51:59
    Comment: Well, not much to see, but there is something to see. With the 32mm at 28× I am picking up a faint presence. Swapping that out for the KK 18mm and 51×, I am detecting a faint and amorphous blob of light. No sharp core with this scope on this night. The longer I watch it, though, the better it begins to stand out for me. Not much improvement with the 15mm and 61×. It almost seems like I am picking up dim flashes of a condensed core sitting right near a very dim star. Bad seeing isn’t helping. Even Deneb near zenith is flashing and winking at me. Swapped back to the KK 18mm and watched it a bit longer. Good enough.
    Location: Lowell, AR
    Equipment: Premium 80, GSO Super Plössl 32mm, 15mm, KK Ortho 18mm

    Since the humidity was nasty, the dew was becoming an issue, and I was getting skeeter et, I decided to call it done with this singular target. I had my gear packed away in less than five minutes and I was back inside to de-humidify.

    So that’s what I did. Not much, but it was enjoyable anyway.

    Peace and clear skies, friends.
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    Default Re: A Quick Grab n' Git

    Bryan, nice pics of the 80 and good for you on catching 21P!! Last time I saw a comet was Hale-Bopp, and we all know where that ended up...

    Great read!! Now I know what I'll be looking for tomorrow night as it's supposed to be clear...

    Disco balls. Perfect description, hope your skies (and mine and everyone else's) get better viewing soon!!
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    Default Re: A Quick Grab n' Git

    Congratulations on the comet Bryan!

    I love checking them out.
    If you set skysafari right it will show you all the comets, even those at mag 18 or more. Just saying...
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    Default Re: A Quick Grab n' Git

    Nice one, Bryan! Almost exactly what I saw, just better. I had to get up to 6mm to start seeing what you did. Good work with that gassy giant of yours! Nice pics too!
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    Default Re: A Quick Grab n' Git

    Excellent report and pics, Bryan. Calling your shot like a sniper on a difficult target and waiting until the right moment to engage... very neat.

    Thanks for providing my first cup-o-joe read this morning.

    Clear, Dark Skies
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFatKitty View Post
    Bryan, nice pics of the 80 and good for you on catching 21P!! Last time I saw a comet was Hale-Bopp, and we all know where that ended up...

    Great read!! Now I know what I'll be looking for tomorrow night as it's supposed to be clear...

    Disco balls. Perfect description, hope your skies (and mine and everyone else's) get better viewing soon!!
    Thanks, Mark! Good luck on your pursuit! I hope you catch it!

    Quote Originally Posted by kingclinton View Post
    Congratulations on the comet Bryan!

    I love checking them out.
    If you set skysafari right it will show you all the comets, even those at mag 18 or more. Just saying...
    Thanks, Clinton! Yeah I to turn comets on in SS5 to get it to display. Otherwise I leave them off as they can sometimes get annoying when looking for other things (swishing tails and whatnot )

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    Nice one, Bryan! Almost exactly what I saw, just better. I had to get up to 6mm to start seeing what you did. Good work with that gassy giant of yours! Nice pics too!
    Thanks, Milan! Much appreciated!

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    Excellent report and pics, Bryan. Calling your shot like a sniper on a difficult target and waiting until the right moment to engage... very neat.

    Thanks for providing my first cup-o-joe read this morning.

    Clear, Dark Skies
    Thanks, John!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    August 9th, 2018

    Almost hot today and as the afternoon wore on, humidity was building in nicely. Not long after getting off work at 1700 hrs., columns of air punched through into the higher strata of atmosphere and boiled over into severe thunderstorms. These formed just east of my house, but the outflow knocked lots of leaves down in the yard. As the storms huffed and puffed and eventually fell, their guts scattered widely over the sky. What managed to hold together drifted off to the east.

    Anyway, as the Sun was finally settling westward, I noticed what appeared to be a clear looking sky through the front door glass. I went out back and looked up. Still some sky trash floating about, but lots of clear patches.

    I unlocked the shed, pulled out the old tall wood tripod with the AZ3 mount on it and saddled up the Premium 80. I grabbed a fistful of eyepieces, a small table, and my observing chair.



    I then returned inside for a while to let the dark settle in. Around 2130 hrs., I returned to the scope to get dark adapted.

    My goal on this night was to catch a peek at a comet. I enjoy observing these, but often forget about them. I wasn’t sure how much luck I’d have though. The seeing was atrocious. The brighter stars were flickering and strobing like little disco balls, and the transparency was getting toward the soupy side of things. Oh well, I’m not here to run a marathon.

    The mosquitoes were rather urgent and hateful this evening too. Barely a buzz announcing their presence was heard before I felt the sting of the bite. Lots of bats wheeling about too.

    I settled in behind the scope. I noted that my quarry was on the northern side of Cassiopeia, almost 3.5° “up” from Segin (ε Cassiopeiae). I sighted that star in the Rigel QuikFinder. A bit tough to even see the star naked-eye as it was only 20° and in the soupy muck and a light dome. I finally pegged it and confirmed in the RACI.

    Moving to the 32mm in the focuser, I worked my way up to the comet’s position.

    1. 21P/Giacobini-Zinner - NEW
    (Comet in Cassiopeia, mag 8.3, 70.3% illuminated)
    Observed: Aug 9, 2018 at 21:51:59
    Comment: Well, not much to see, but there is something to see. With the 32mm at 28× I am picking up a faint presence. Swapping that out for the KK 18mm and 51×, I am detecting a faint and amorphous blob of light. No sharp core with this scope on this night. The longer I watch it, though, the better it begins to stand out for me. Not much improvement with the 15mm and 61×. It almost seems like I am picking up dim flashes of a condensed core sitting right near a very dim star. Bad seeing isn’t helping. Even Deneb near zenith is flashing and winking at me. Swapped back to the KK 18mm and watched it a bit longer. Good enough.
    Location: Lowell, AR
    Equipment: Premium 80, GSO Super Plössl 32mm, 15mm, KK Ortho 18mm

    Since the humidity was nasty, the dew was becoming an issue, and I was getting skeeter et, I decided to call it done with this singular target. I had my gear packed away in less than five minutes and I was back inside to de-humidify.

    So that’s what I did. Not much, but it was enjoyable anyway.

    Peace and clear skies, friends.
    Great report, I enjoyed reading it. Nice scope too. You know the word 'git' has a totally different meaning in British English, right? lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shorty Barlow View Post
    Great report, I enjoyed reading it. Nice scope too. You know the word 'git' has a totally different meaning in British English, right? lol
    Well, I did not know that, but I do now.

    Looking up the usage, it appears that it would be applicable to me on most nights anyway, so I reckon I’ll go with it.

    Thanks, Shorty!
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    Thanks for the report Bryan. I saw that one a couple of weeks back with the AR 152 - my last session actually. I'm headed off to the north coast next week for a week long beach vacation. Moon is going to become more prominent though. I hope the new moon on the 11th (tomorrow) offers some viewing. This morning the smoke has kind of subsided and the sun looks normal again - I was getting tired of the orange tint.
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    Default Re: A Quick Grab n' Git

    A nice grab and 'git' Bryan.
    I love the international linguistics lessons here on AF. :-)

    Reminds me of a time years ago we had a friend visiting from Austria and we went to the local bank to cash something and there were 3 or 4 of us standing there behind this young lady. The teller said to our Austrian friend who was doing the business "Are you All together?". Our friend turned and looked at me with a puzzled look on her face, which I did not understand, so I piped up "yes, we are all together". When we got outside I asked Evelyn why she looked puzzled and she told me that in Austria that phrase translates into the colloquial, "are you insane?"
    We had a nice chuckle.

    It sounds like your sky was like mine last night.
    But as you have said.
    It was an enjoyable outing none the less. :-)
    I sure look forward to those crystal skies...they are coming...right?
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