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« Reply #150 on: July 21, 2020, 01:03:47 PM »

Nice,shots Joan.

The clouds always ruin so much.  You were so close to a really cool comet picture.  Actually you can say the comet is in the picture, right behind the cloud an below the Big Dipper. I think Neowise was about 1/2 way between the tree top and the lowest star (Merak) in the "cup" of the dipper.  Would have been a stunning picture of the comet, if not for that cloud.
Here it looked like it would be a clear night, but the fog took over.  We are running out of time to catch one of those magazine cover shots!  

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« Reply #151 on: July 21, 2020, 01:41:22 PM »

Nice job, Joan!

We still are having way to many clouds.  I fear we are not going to get to see the comet live.
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« Reply #152 on: July 21, 2020, 02:13:30 PM »

It was so close to visible, just out of reach. I always like the Google train and the space station even if they have regular flyovers. Once again hoping for tonight...
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« Reply #153 on: July 22, 2020, 05:20:37 AM »

Took a little ride today, mostly to check out possible Neowise viewing sites. My home is at about 2200' elvation. Jump off rock, mentioned earlier, is 3000'. So I went up to Sugarloaf Mt., at 3700'. Rather cloudy day with lighting and rain in the distance. Took these pictures to show why it's so hard to view satellites and comets around here. Looking up through a few holes in the clouds the sky looked much clearer than from my yard.
 The background behind the barb wire fence is only about 3 miles away. The second photo is zoomed in on the building that is just to the left of the white top of that fencepost. At 3700' I was above most of the dirty air.  








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« Reply #154 on: July 22, 2020, 01:06:37 PM »

On a clear night, that would be ideal for stargazing ...  Is it a safe drive in the night.... thinking of wildlife running out in front of you?

Be careful out there.
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« Reply #155 on: July 22, 2020, 04:36:15 PM »

Funny you would say that. The last couple miles up there is pretty rough gravel so I was only going maybe 20 mph. Big deer popped out of the woods about 50 feet ahead of me and crossed the road. I've hit one years ago and don't really want to do it again.
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« Reply #156 on: July 23, 2020, 03:52:10 PM »

Shut out again last night due to rain.   Fingers crossed for tonight as it will be closest to Earth.

https://earthsky.org/space/how-to-see-comet-c2020-f3-neowise
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« Reply #157 on: July 23, 2020, 10:43:16 PM »

Same here, clouds, rain and fog ...just to be sure. Really hot and muggy too.  26°C all night.
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« Reply #158 on: July 27, 2020, 03:24:26 PM »

FINALLY!! Got to see Neowise last night... well, sort of. With binoculars I was able to see a fuzzy ball with just a touch of tail. Wife couldn't see it at all. Skies were best they've been for a couple weeks so we went up to Jump Off Rock.
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« Reply #159 on: July 27, 2020, 08:47:48 PM »

Congratulations !  Glad you got to see Neowise before it gets lost in the moon light and distant space.  We have to recall that all the good pictures we've seen have been by people with really expensive equipment and many years of chasing comets.  So ...our excuse is in the cloudy sky of June and July.
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« Reply #160 on: July 27, 2020, 08:59:53 PM »

I too got a fuzzy view but at least I finally saw it. Ugh.
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« Reply #161 on: July 28, 2020, 12:17:48 PM »

Glad for ya Joan !!  Sometimes a fuzzy view is all we get. Congratulations!

Again what looked promising near sunset last night became cloudy by time it was dark.

I think really dark skies are needed now as Neowise fades quickly.  Now we await the next one.

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« Reply #162 on: August 02, 2020, 01:18:24 PM »

The Dragon unlocked from the ISS last night with splashdown set for this afternoon (Sunday Aug 2,2020)  They went over here at a maximum 51 elevation at about 9:40 local time.

If I had better prepared this shaky picture might have been much better ..... but take it for what it is.  Ir shows the ISS trailed by the Dragon Crew Capsule.

It did pass close enough to get the Moon and Jupiter in the same shot with it, but that picture is much worse.  Moral of this effort is to keep the hands off the camera during a hastily attempted 3 second exposure on an unstable tripod.   But it was "neat" to see the Dragon near the ISS.  I think at this time they were supposed to be 3 to 5 kms distance
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« Reply #163 on: August 02, 2020, 05:41:00 PM »

Went out last night to look for the ISS. I was unaware of the separation. Should have been easy to see but for watever reason I couldn't see it. The moon, Jupiter and Saturn were very clear and had hoped the ISS would pass close enough to allow me to get all in one picture. Ended up with this shot of the three, minus the ISS. Jupiter above moon, Saturn to the left.

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« Reply #164 on: August 02, 2020, 09:19:37 PM »

Per usual for us of late!  Cloudy.. ugh


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« Reply #165 on: August 03, 2020, 12:46:24 AM »

Maybe tonight about 9:30 your time Yellow Jacket.

On the 4th it should be "almost" straight up. Have to see what the tropical storm does.

Date    Brightness    Start    Highest point    End    Pass type
(mag)    Time    Alt.    Az.    Time    Alt.    Az.    Time    Alt.    Az.
02 Aug   -2.6   21:26:17   10   NNW   21:29:21   32   NE   21:31:30   16   E   visible
02 Aug   -1.1   23:03:24   10   W   23:04:28   15   W   23:04:28   15   W   visible
03 Aug   -2.9   22:15:23   10   WNW   22:18:33   38   SW   22:18:48   37   SW   visible
04 Aug   -3.7   21:27:40   10   NW   21:31:01   76   SW   21:33:12   20   SE   visible
05 Aug   -1.0   22:18:42   10   WSW   22:19:50   11   SW   22:20:38   11   SW   visible
06 Aug   -1.6   21:29:49   10   W   21:32:24   21   SW   21:34:59   10   S   visible

Ahh, but what clouds Maggie.  The clouds give rise to artistic pictures.
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« Reply #166 on: August 03, 2020, 04:46:03 AM »

I agree Maggie, the clouds add to the picture, and you got Jupiter in there too.
Here's my full moon shot tonight. 


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« Reply #167 on: August 03, 2020, 06:18:24 PM »

Thanks Mike and Vic.   Im just sour because we didnt get to see Neowise because of the contact cloud cover weve had.
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« Reply #168 on: August 04, 2020, 01:30:35 AM »

Same here. Hope I'm still around for the next one. Read someplace one can expect to see about 6 comets in a lifetime.
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