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    Default Re: Finally Wirtanen, hard nut to crack.



    Way to persevere the elements John, congrats!
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    Default Re: Finally Wirtanen, hard nut to crack.

    Congrats, this is great. Your report was a lot of fun to read.
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    Default Re: Finally Wirtanen, hard nut to crack.

    Goed gedaan John!

    As always, perseverance pays off.
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    Default Re: Finally Wirtanen, hard nut to crack.

    Thanks to all for you kind comments!

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Quixote View Post
    Way to go John.
    I think I heard your groan all the way over here ! :-)


    THE SATISFACTION OF SIMPLE THINGS...YESSS!

    Bravo Sir !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
    Congratulations on the successful observation John!
    Quite a job of perseverance also I may add
    Thank you, a bit wet, that all.

    Quote Originally Posted by j.gardavsky View Post
    Congratulations John!

    That's an absolutely top report of yours, and a great gift to the X-Mas.

    Glad, you have cracked your Christmas chestnut,

    JG
    Thank you, finally I did.

    Quote Originally Posted by combat48 View Post
    Well done, John!

    Had my first sighting on 7 Dec...couldn't see it naked eye though (old age I guess), but found it pretty quickly in my 10x50 binos using the S&T chart. Observed the "sucker" for about 4 hours off and on through my SV110ED at low mag (35x, 22mm TV Panoptic).

    Dave
    Thank you. I would have liked observing with the refractor too, those rains kept me from it..

    Quote Originally Posted by sketrip View Post


    Gefeliciteerd! (really hope I got that right)

    Same conditions here - only seen in the 10X50 so far - my observation matches yours as "a faint smudge of non stellar light"
    Take heart, we are all nutcases & slightly cracked.

    Way to hang in and get the target John.
    Yes, you have got it right! My wife confirmed the middle part of your remarks!

    Quote Originally Posted by helicon64 View Post
    Excellent John. Having just seen it myself a couple of days ago I heartily agree with you. Eridanus/Cetus are not very obvious in my light pollution so star-hopping in one of these vacant areas of the sky is not so easy. I'm glad you persevered and found it - an early Christmas present for you!
    A nice present in the LP skies. Santa Claus won't need Rudolph over here!!

    Quote Originally Posted by kanadalainen View Post
    Ha ha!! This is an awesome report, thank you John.

    Perseverance!

    Ian
    And wet

    Quote Originally Posted by 10538 View Post
    Nice work John! Way to hang in there! Skies here have been terrible for days with big storms moving through. My only chance is this Wednesday night and as my (bad) luck would have it I have a company Christmas party that night! Afterward it is an hour and a half drive home so I am hoping that the cloud gods will at least give me a sporting chance late that night!
    Good luck to you! I hope you'll succeed!

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    Congratulations on cracking this nut, John! Us fellow nut jobs are pleased with the effort. I suppose you could call that combat astronomy?
    Glad to have many astro-brothers in arms all over the world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigzmey View Post
    Way to persevere the elements John, congrats!
    Yes, thanks. It was a little bit "now or never"

    Quote Originally Posted by rocdoc View Post
    Congrats, this is great. Your report was a lot of fun to read.
    Glad you liked it. In the meantime you cracked him too. Congrats on that!

    Quote Originally Posted by kingclinton View Post
    Goed gedaan John!

    As always, perseverance pays off.
    Jan van Riebeeck wouldn't have said it better


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    Perseverence increases the chance of succes, as I always have experienced. Although the pitfall of autosuggestion is always wide open too. With relative smaller instruments even wider. As everybody I painfully experienced that too. Thanks.
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    Default Re: Finally Wirtanen, hard nut to crack.

    A sketch will follow, when Forum is capable of uploading images again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Baars View Post

    To all:
    Perseverence increases the chance of succes, as I always have experienced. Although the pitfall of autosuggestion is always wide open too. With relative smaller instruments even wider. As everybody I painfully experienced that too. Thanks.
    Hello John,

    that's why I have a few binoculars to confirm the view, see the attached pic,
    and why every faint fuzzy through the frac must be confirmed with at least 2 different EPs,
    and with my left and right eye, ha, ha, ha.

    Looking forward to your sketch, uploading the pics will be fixed soon,

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    Default Re: Finally Wirtanen, hard nut to crack.

    Here is the attached pic,

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    Default Re: Finally Wirtanen, hard nut to crack.

    Well done John.
    Perseverance paid off.
    Clear skies/
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    Default Re: Finally Wirtanen, hard nut to crack.

    Unlike some lucky observers who were able to see the comet with the naked eye, I observed him this evening with my 120mm refractor. It sure was not the clearest of skies of last week, but at least far less clouds.

    I observed with a 24mm Panoptic, a recently bought 25mm CJZ Plössl, both 2.5X barlowed and a single 9mm Fujiyama. ( 37.5X, 36X, 94X, 90X and 100X) Although there were some minor differences between the performance of several eyepieces, the overall view of Wirtanen was the same. In the refractor I saw a slightly condensed core and from time to time it seemed as if the light in the halo was not evenly distributed. Too faint however to be sure of it.
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