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« Reply #120 on: June 09, 2020, 06:59:59 PM »

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« Reply #121 on: June 11, 2020, 12:24:26 AM »

Great pics Maggie.
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« Reply #122 on: June 15, 2020, 04:20:24 PM »

Like Cathy said,  great pictures.  That's a great halo shot.
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« Reply #123 on: July 11, 2020, 04:11:41 PM »

I've read where we may be seeing a comet in the coming weeks. Right now I will have to get up WAAAY too early to see it, but in a week or so it will be in the evening sky so hopefully I'll get a peek at it. Comet Neowise if you care to Google. Have read where one can expect to see maybe 1/2 dozen comets in a lifetime.
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« Reply #124 on: July 11, 2020, 06:17:04 PM »

I have been out a couple of times at 3:30 for a look ...but no luck.  First time was too foggy and the second was clear enough but too many street lights, full moon, and bright neighbor lights too.  Also my NE horizon is non-existent.  Trees and street lights will have to go !!!  They have installed the LED lights which turn night into day.  Many cars driving here with no headlights, as they don't need them now.

On July 22 the comet transitions to night time sky and I do have a decent NW horizon, so I'm hoping for a good view of this comet.  If we get a good stretch of weather I may take the silverwing for a middle of the night ride to a decent NE horizon. Take a look at NASA's picture of the day photo.  Nice shot of the comet there.  Also this picture by a fellow I know from Halifax. As seen in this article in today's Chronicle Herald: https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/weather/weather-by-day/cindy-day-dont-miss-this-once-in-a-lifetime-event-to-see-comet-neowise-472024/




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« Reply #125 on: July 11, 2020, 10:19:05 PM »

Tried this morning too cloudy!
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« Reply #126 on: July 12, 2020, 12:19:29 AM »

Maggie the clouds are even worse than the street lights !!  Well ... almost worse.

This was on the local news this week and replayed tonight.  Dave is another local fellow.  He did get some good shots.

https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1993451

Didn't know he was a fellow of the RASC .... didn't know we had any.  I'm a life member ... bought that about 50 years ago for $100,
when it was cheap. Now I still get the RASC Handbook each year and their magazine called Sky News. And I've become somewhat
of an armchair astronomer.  But now I have a scooter !!!

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« Reply #127 on: July 12, 2020, 02:05:37 AM »

 Tonight's the night, tonight's the night. Sorry, punch line to an old joke. So, quite clear here tonight and at 9:41 a string of 24 satellites fly over. I've not had much luck seeing them here, too much light and trees. Looks like they will be directly overhead for me.  
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« Reply #128 on: July 12, 2020, 05:32:22 PM »

Five of us sat in lawn chairs long enough to get stiff necks under the best conditions we've had in a long time and saw....nothing. Looks like if I'm to see satellites I'll have to find a better location for viewing. 
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« Reply #129 on: July 12, 2020, 10:04:21 PM »

Check this video out!


https://www.reddit.com/r/atoptics/comments/hq06rl/our_visitor_neowise_rising_behind_noctilucent/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf
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« Reply #130 on: July 13, 2020, 12:28:32 AM »

That was really nice view Maggie.  Thanks.

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« Reply #131 on: July 13, 2020, 01:20:23 PM »

...sat in lawn chairs long enough to get stiff necks under the best conditions we've had in a long time and saw....nothing.  Yup, all about location, location, location !

Been there ---done that ...know exactly what you experienced ......The starlink satellites fade in brightness as they are moved into the higher orbits or maybe the efforts to lessen the reflectivity may be working???

Too foggy here at 3:30am last night to see anything.  Seems if I'm going to see the comet it will be in the evening sky is a week or little longer.

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« Reply #132 on: July 14, 2020, 01:49:21 AM »

Check this view out :-)


https://mobile.twitter.com/thespaceacad/status/1282008302369546247
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« Reply #133 on: July 14, 2020, 04:59:12 AM »

Just came in from watching the ISS. Very plain, about the best I've ever seen it. By now it should be over Halifax.
Had a good look at Jupiter and Saturn too.
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« Reply #134 on: July 14, 2020, 09:02:17 PM »

The other morning I was out at 3:30 am.  I was like is that the ISS?  I pulled out my app and sure enough it was!  It was just to the south of Nova Scotia :-)




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« Reply #135 on: July 15, 2020, 01:06:58 PM »

Sounds like some quality ISS spotting has been happening !!   Gives purpose to sleep loss, doesn't it.

Nice view of the comet from the ISS, Maggie.  Only if we had as clear a horizon .....

This past week we have had lots of fog so not much visible in the sky.  Tonight the ISS goes past at 10:19 in a good location for seeing it ... but rain/cloud predicted. They have been wrong about that ... so I will take a look.  It passes along the coast cutting through Florida so Yellow Jacket you should see it too. Look SE at about 9:15 and at 34 elevation.  Should be relatively bright too.  Hope you have clear skies again.

Also on the comet front ..... there are no end of items on the internet ...like this one, which shows a photographer's enthusiasm.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSVaCD4w1iE  And this for planning a picture:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS4KHL3fRGE

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« Reply #136 on: July 15, 2020, 05:07:57 PM »

Did get a good look at ISS last night along with several neighbors, none of whom had seen it before. They were impressed. Should see it again tonight. Maybe next week we'll see the comet.
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« Reply #137 on: July 15, 2020, 06:25:53 PM »

Probably see the comet in the night sky now.  On the 22nd it is closest to Earth.  My brother in Ottawa saw it last night near 10:30 local time.  If our cloud magically goes away tonight I may see it here ... without getting up at 3:30 for a look at it.
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« Reply #138 on: July 16, 2020, 04:49:00 PM »

I've got a place in mind with a very good view west and north to see Neowise if we get clear skies. Can this be seen with the naked eye? Unlike a satellite, this thing wont be visibly moving so will be harder to tell it from any other star unless the tail is visible. 
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« Reply #139 on: July 16, 2020, 06:51:30 PM »

They say it is naked eye visibility but they also say a good set of binoculars will make for a much better view.  All the pictures we see are time exposure with a large lens.   So, I hope it is naked eye but with dark enough skies there is a better chance to be seen without any assistance.  Too much cloud here last night to see Neowise or anything else in the sky, like the ISS.  I've heard it said that this is the best comet in 20 years.  That makes me realize another 20 years has slipped away.  I remember Bennet in the early morning sky as a very vivid comet but I realize that was 50 years ago!   Comet West in 1973 was a good one too.  But so long ago !!!  And the comet to end all comets was Kohoutek in the mid 1970's but I needed the telescope to see that fuzzy critter.   They call for variable cloudiness for here tonight ...maybe I'll get a look tonight.

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« Reply #140 on: July 17, 2020, 12:44:38 PM »

Well, I did see the comet last night.  By 10:30 the fuzzy area became visible.  Binoculars helped but what I needed was some dark sky in a country setting.
The views of any pictures in this thread certainly don't relate what we see without a long exposure photo or what might be visible without a pitch black sky.

Even with another 30 minutes of the sky darkening after sunset, binoculars sure would help.

An hour before spotting the comet, the ISS did pass over.

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« Reply #141 on: July 18, 2020, 04:48:29 AM »

I looked but no Neowise for me tonight, too much cloud cover. Did however, see the ISS and got this picture. Just above center.



Also got a rather fuzzy Jupiter with 4 moons. Put my little packet camera on a tripod and went full zoom.


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« Reply #142 on: July 18, 2020, 12:47:54 PM »

Cool, been overcast or cloudy every night here.
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« Reply #143 on: July 18, 2020, 01:01:51 PM »

A couple of nice ones Yellow Jacket !!  Pity about the cloud

Just like for Joan,  cloudy here again.  Was looking promising but clouded over by the time darkness arrived.

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« Reply #144 on: July 18, 2020, 04:12:45 PM »

In my picture of the ISS the sky looks pretty good but that is not the case. This area is called the Blue Ridge Mtn.s because of the blue haze from all the pollen in the air. I'm waiting for an exceptionally good evening and will go up to Jump Off Rock in Laurel Park for a look. 
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« Reply #145 on: July 19, 2020, 12:41:54 PM »

Too good to be true ... but I got a Comet picture !!   We returned from a 50th Anniversary celebration at 11pm last night. The sky was relatively clear but a faint fog was present. And here it is always too bright for "proper" stargazing.  But, it was worth a try to take some shots of the comet.  These two, taken at ISO1600 for 30 seconds also caught a satellite I noticed passing (which I thought was outside of the field of the shot).  The pictures were 1min 29 sec apart. Now I'm thinking these must be Star-Link trains for Elon's Internet System.  See how they (if not for the novelty of the catch) "ruined" the shot?  One shot is zoomed in to about 135mm and the other backed off to 55mm.  Thirty second exposures are obviously too long (as seen by the resulting star trails) when the camera in not guided properly on an aligned and driven telescope. 

The ISS passed directly overhead last night at 9:29 ...but missed that. 





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« Reply #146 on: July 19, 2020, 01:04:17 PM »

That looks great. Still overcast here.
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« Reply #147 on: July 19, 2020, 10:28:59 PM »

Awesome, Mike!!  So happy for you.  Like Joan, just too overcast here.
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« Reply #148 on: July 21, 2020, 02:21:44 AM »

Really hoped to get the comet Neowise last night, close but the clouds moved in before the sky was dark enough for a good view.


However I was able to get the ISS with the Google satellites to the lower left in one shot. Not great but I will take it.



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« Reply #149 on: July 21, 2020, 04:17:26 AM »

Glad you got the Neowise shot Mike. That means there is still hope for me. Except for clouds, I don't think anyone in the east is seeing much tonight.
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