Comet 46P/Wirtanen

Discussion in 'Astro Photography' started by Colorado CJ, Dec 6, 2018 at 11:02 PM.

  1. Colorado CJ

    Colorado CJ Well-Known Member

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    Comet 46P/Wirtanen will be coming close to Earth December 16th.

    It won't be near as bright as Hale-Bopp, but it should be naked eye, or bino viewable.

    https://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/comet-46p-wirtanen-approaches-earth/


    I went out to the backyard tonight here in Colorado and tried to see it with my 20-80 binos. I couldn't see it with those just yet. It was cloudy and we have pretty bad light pollution here.

    I set up my camera and shot some 30 second exposures and could see it with that using a 300mm lens. Here's 15 stacked shots at 30 seconds each.

    There were bright clouds right below the comet in these images, I had to crop them out, but you can still see the skyglow.

    [​IMG]46P/Wirtanen 6 Dec 2018 by Andrew Marjama, on Flickr
     
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    That is nice Andrew. It's amazing that you can get a view like this even from just your backyard.
     
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    Very cool. The light pollution of Colorado Springs has been hurting my viewing of it. I may have to head out east next week and see if that helps.
     
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    Nicely done, I am hoping to give this a go myself, although my surgically repaired knee is still likely not quite to the point where I can give it a go.

    The comet itself is not helping out much , as it has virtually no tail, but you have done a nice job getting it captured. Reminds me a lot of comet Holmes. Fine result, comets are not the easiest to get!

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