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TWO GOOD Pictures Of Comet NEOWISE (i.e., C/2020 F3), July 24, 2020, Over New Hampshire As It Bids Farewell.

by Anura Guruge


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This was the 4th time I got to see Comet NEOWISE (C/2020 F3).

I also saw it last Friday (July 17), this Monday (July 20) & this Tuesday (July 21).

Wow. It is fading fast! Yes, still naked-eye visible & I saw it within seconds of getting out of our Nissan van. But. I was in ‘total’ darkness. No ambient light.

This time I had my ‘new’ Panasonic ZS200 all set up for a 10″ exposure & even tripod mounted. Much easier if you do this at home.

It will cease to be naked-eye within days. It is hurtling away.


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I Got Some GOOD Pictures Of Comet NEOWISE (i.e., C/2020 F3), Last Night, Over New Hampshire.

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With my ‘new’ Panasonic ZS200. First time I had used it with a tripod & on manual exposure. Worked it out, in the fly, in the dark, in the back of our Nissan van.

I was on my own — this being Tuesday night. We had also seen it on Friday & Monday. They felt that they had seen ENOUGH!

Glad I went out.

Today, was a total washout.

Weather permitting I will be back again Thursday — when it will be closest to us.

Seeing it was SPECIAL. Really made me happy.

 


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Saw Comet NEOWISE (i.e., C/2020 F3) For the 2nd Time, Over New Hampshire, Last Night — Got Pictures.

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Saw it from 3 different places, all within 2-miles of home. 1st was ‘Ridge Road‘, in New Durham, off ‘Prospect Mountain Road‘. That is where we saw it on Friday too. Good spot, high up. BUT, a main road & there are cars going by with their lights on. That kills your night vision.

On the way home, I, serendipitously, discovered two GOOD spots on ‘Prospect Mountain Road’. SMILE. I have been walking that road for 13-years. I know it well. IDEAL. I was out there for 30-minutes & there was NO traffic.

Planning to go out tonight also.


Some Tips.

It is quite high up on the horizon. Above the treeline. Maybe 30°. So, make sure to look up from the horizon. Not much, but a fair amount.

It is FAINT, but once you see it it is naked-eye, but just. Yes, you can see it naked eye. GREAT through binoculars. I am using a VERY OLD pair of 10×50 & it works great.

Between North & North West — closer to N than to NW.



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We Saw Comet NEOWISE (i.e., C/2020 F3) From New Hampshire, Tonight — Even Got A Blurry Picture.

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We, i.e., Teischan (14) & I, saw it at around 10pm Friday night, from Alton, New Hampshire. We were on ‘Ridge Road’, by the side of ‘Prospect Mountain‘ — about 2-miles from home. It is high up & gets you above the treeline. We lucked out in terms of clouds. Few around, but lots of gaps.

I saw it, through a pair of 10×50 Zeiss binoculars on the VERY 1st look. Couldn’t see it at 1st with just my glasses. Took the binoculars out, put them to my eyes, turned around & looked.

BINGO! It was right there in the middle. Could see the tail clearly. I had to take a double take to make sure. Nope, that was it.

Teischan, though she wears glasses, could see it without the binoculars. After awhile, once my eyes got accustomed (& we had a fair amount of car & bike traffic going by with their lights on), I too could see it naked-eye, BUT it was very faint.

Unless you were looking for it & saw it, it is not something that will catch your eye.

It will get brighter over the next 6-days.

It will be CLOSEST to Earth on Thursday, July 23, 2020. Weather permitting that will be our best shot of seeing it in its full glory.

I was psyched. The DAY my Comet NEOWISE book gets published on Amazon — I get to see it for the 1st time. That was special. I was excited. I was happy.

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Comet C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS): Where To Spot In The Northern Skies.

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Anura Guruge


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1/ Naked Eye Visible … — Mar. 6, 2013.
2/ Comet First of two BIG 2013 comets: C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS)
>>Mar. 5, 2013.


Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) will be visible to Northern hemisphere observers near the cresent moon on March 12th. This ‘map’ provided by NASA. Click to ENLARGE.


Another image from NASA, but this seen down-under in Australia. Click to ENLARGE. To see it as they saw it in Oz, you will have to stand on your head or turn your monitor upside down.


Another image, again down under. Now you know the drill. Click to ENLARGE. Somehow rotate the image to get the Australian view.


Perihelion (closest approach to the Sun) is today, March 10, 2013. As it turns around the Sun it also crosses the celestial equator, moving from the southern skies to the ones that really count — the northern skies, i.e., US. People are already seeing it — those close to the equator, such as my brethren in Sri Lanka getting early dibs.

As I have said before March 12 & 13 should be particularly good since the crescent Moon will provide a good reference. Try and get to a high point, like a small hill, so that you can see over trees — if you live in the country.

Enjoy. I will try and keep you posted.

Here are two useful links: NASA & Space Weather.