Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) over Manchester

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Usually, I go after very dim comets, but we are currently presented with a very rare treat - a bright comet in the northeast sky! I've been trying to get Neowise all week but the Seattle skies have been typically cloudy. This morning, however, the skies were clear as a bell. I woke up before 1 a.m and was on the Manchester beach (across from Seattle) by 2 a.m.

Comet ATLAS (C/2019 Y4)

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

This is a photo of Comet Atlas (Y4) from Port Orchard, Washington on April 16, 2020. The comet, currently magnitude 9.3, is in the constellation  Camelopardalis. As it approaches the sun, the comet is beginning to disintegrate. A careful look at this photo shows several brighter spots near the comet's head which suggest that fragmentation.

Meade LX200, 8x2min subs, 3600ISO, Canon 60D, Optec Lepus 6.3 reducer, Maxim DSLR.

What a bad night looks like

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

The 8" LX200 hasn't been used in so long that I've basically forgotten how to use it ... I am now favoring equatorial-mounted scopes rather than fork mounted. That said, the LX200 does sit on a Milburn wedge and, in my opinion, there is not a finer wedge on the market. But even with that, I couldn't get a good polar alignment last night no matter what I tried. Several times, I did the two-star alignment, only to get reasonably close on go-to's and tracking accuracy only down to about 15 seconds. We all know that one can't really work with this.

Comet C/2015 01 PANSTARRS - Magnitude 14.87

Submitted by jimwcoleman

It never ceases to amaze me that I can walk out into my backyard and within five minutes, start taking a picture of a faint something that is more than half a BILLION kilometers away from me and is moving at 37.3 kilometers per second. This faint, fuzzy thing is comet C/2015 01 PANSTARRS. At its current magnitude, 14.87, it is about as faint at Pluto, but even more difficult to image. The comet is currently in the constellation Hercules, high overhead at sunset this time of year.

C2015 V2 (Johnson) - Wide field view of comet

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Here is a widefield view (positive and negative images) of comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) in Bootes. Tonight, the comet was at magnitude 6.9, fainter than last night. This is a stack of 40x20sec subs. The images were acquired at prime focus using a modded Canon T3i at ISO 1600 with an AstroTech AT72ED refractor on a Celestron AVX mount.

C/2015 V2 Johnson - A spectacular comet

Submitted by jimwcoleman

While most people in my home town of Port Orchard, Washington slept, a couple of amazing comets crossed the sky overhead. One of them, comet C/2015 V2 Johnson, is pictured here in all its glory.

This was photographed with an 8" Meade LX200R with a Canon 60D at prime focus. No filters or reducers were used. 90x65 second subs, stacked with manual 1-star alignment using Maxim DL software.

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