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    Default Wirtanen tonight



    Sorry, no pictures. However, I was pleased with myself to be able to pick out the comet right at the edge of Eridanus (a made-up constellation, if you ask me). A big fuzzy blob in the Zeiss 7 X 45's. I then swung over to M1 and it appeared about the same magnitude (around 8.4) as the comet. Does that sound about right for the comet December 4?

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    Default Re: Wirtanen tonight

    Here, take a look at Yoshida's site. It records observers actual observations. The reported light curve is showing it brighter than mag 6 right now.
    46P/Wirtanen (2018)

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    Default Re: Wirtanen tonight

    Congrats on bagging the comet!

    I thought all constellations were made up?
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    Default Re: Wirtanen tonight

    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    Congrats on bagging the comet!

    I thought all constellations were made up?
    Yes, but a river? Come on, at least Leo sort of appears as a lion.
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    Default Re: Wirtanen tonight

    Quote Originally Posted by jaetea View Post
    Here, take a look at Yoshida's site. It records observers actual observations. The reported light curve is showing it brighter than mag 6 right now.
    46P/Wirtanen (2018)

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    Default Re: Wirtanen tonight

    Congrats on seeing the comet Skybird. This is one I still have to check out.
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    Default Re: Wirtanen tonight

    Quote Originally Posted by Skybird View Post
    Sorry, no pictures. However, I was pleased with myself to be able to pick out the comet right at the edge of Eridanus (a made-up constellation, if you ask me). A big fuzzy blob in the Zeiss 7 X 45's. I then swung over to M1 and it appeared about the same magnitude (around 8.4) as the comet. Does that sound about right for the comet December 4?

    Thanks for reading.
    Well done picking it out with the binoculars! I watched it from the Mount Stromlo Observatory for a few hours last night in my 18"F3.5 but with only a 1º true field. The nucleus was reasonably defined given the amount of light pollution in Canberra these days. Once it was an hour or two past transiting and in the western sky it was a much better sight. Going back tonight with the 4" binoscope and some LE30mm eyepieces .....
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    I viewed & photographed it on Friday night from Bortle 2 skies. It's brightened to become an easier naked eye object though still averted vision required.

    Observing with 9x63 binoculars and using the out of focus comparison star method, I observed the out of focus comet to be almost identical to nearby magnitude 5.3 stars however, the out of focus image of the comet incorporated a mag 6.3 star close to the nucleus so the comet is probably a bit fainter than 5.3.

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    Default Re: Wirtanen tonight

    Congratulations!
    Sounds quit right Skybird.
    I too have enjoyed observing this one on 12/6 with 8x43 binos with 6.3* fov. Quite fun. :-)
    With my Fov as a my measure I made careful notes and measurements of its nearfield stars, Rho 3, 2, and 1 Eri, and the distance and rough angle from M45 and Orion Nebula so that if my sky cooperates I may look again in a few days to note the progress of its movement.
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    Default Re: Wirtanen tonight

    I'm using this site to watch it. It may be helpful for others too. https://in-the-sky.org/ephemeris.php...018&interval=0

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