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    Thanks Alan! I should have put this on my target list for last night...great skies!! It looks like clouds, rain/snow for the next week or so

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    Default Re: Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto

    Thanks for the headsup Alan.

    Saw it with my 15x70 binos tonight. First try at 8:30 pm failed, bad hop !! Getting rusty with all these clouds. It is at a bad angle from my balcony too east and too high. Could not match up the stars. On paper the hop looked simple from Regulus to Rho Leo and look for the 3 stars in a L pointing to it . Second shot a liitle more desperate at 11:30pm when I realized the whole of next week would probably be rainy and cloudy and the skyLive did say it was mag 6 ish. 15x70 on the monopod again. This time got everything matched up and found the 3 L stars close to Rho Leo which should be pointing to it, but no comet. The bino on a monopod is not super stable, so with the movement noticed a patch a bit away from where I was looking but still in the FOV. Very faint, but a definite in averted and slow movement of the binos repeatedly. It was close to a brighter star. At first thought Stellarium was wrong but later checked and found it dead on. Just that the comet had moved between 8:30 and 11:30. It was just off HD 91785 which is visible in the binos.
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    Default Re: Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto

    Nice catch Asteroids Rock! We're probably not going to be having too many opportunities to observe the comet over the next couple of weeks what with the gloom and clouds, so perhaps I'll be able to catch it tonight.
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    Clouded out here with more bad weather forecast. Not sure when I might get a chance at this.

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    I got a look at Comet Iwamoto last night between 9:45 and 10:30 pm. I searched with both my 20x80 binoculars and my 127mm refractory for over an hour and I almost gave up before I finally took the binos off the tripod, sat down in a chair, and found it with the binos. It was just a faint ball of gray smudge with no definition through the binos. I was hoping it would look better in the refractor, but at 45x and 78x it just looked the same only bigger with the 45x view the better of the two. I believe the view would have been better if some high thin clouds hadn't started moving in from the southeast just as it was getting dark, plus the moon didn't help.

    I'm hoping to get a better view tonight around 1:00 AM with my 80mm f5 refractor and my 120mm f8 reflector if the clouds don't move in! It's a work night, so I will get sleep when I can!
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    Default Re: Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto

    Quote Originally Posted by allen g View Post
    sky and telescope weekly has a chart of its path over the next several days
    Here we are. Just a bit more data:

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    Default Re: Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto

    I imaged it tonight, been a while, and almost forgot how to do it! This wasn't my initial goal, then i remembered I won't be around for the next pass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillrat View Post
    I imaged it tonight, been a while, and almost forgot how to do it! This wasn't my initial goal, then i remembered I won't be around for the next pass.
    Can we see too?
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    Sure! Cold Night Comet I didn't want to disrupt the flow here, and am often hesitant to start another thread..... oh what to do!
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    Default Re: Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto

    I have seen a few comments about it possibly starting to break up. Could just be some bits and pieces falling off and not a full scale fragmentation. So that bears watching to see if that is indeed true. This is supposed to be a video of it dropping fragments taken evening of the 13th.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/141427...5/46368702184/

    Another way to keep up with its current position would be to utilize The Sky Live tracker function at this link:

    https://theskylive.com/c2018y1-tracker
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