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Thursday, December 06, 2018

 

My First View of Comet 46P Wirtanen (6 December 2018)

My sketch of 46P tonight at 10:57 pm ACDST from suburban Adelaide. Made with 10x50 binocularsSimulation of 10x50 binoculars view of the smae field at the same time in Stellarium.

I finally got to see 46P tonight (after cloud, rain and a range of other issues). Took a while to sort out the star hopping to Azha (eta (η) Eridani, but once that was done comet 46P was readily see as a large fuzzy patch. The sketch is a bit wobbly from trying to juggle sketch pad, binoculars and red light torch, but not too bad after a long break fro sketching.

Hopefully the weather will stay clear and I can get some camera images as well.

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I saw it before moments but I can't identify it because its dim light
 
I saw it before moments but I can't identify it because its dim light
 
I managed to see it last night in Geraldton too, but only as the same fuzzy blob like a weak Magellanic cloud, and not even green yet. I'll be keeping my eyes it from Carnarvon all this week. Dark skies everyone!
 
At the moment it is so diffuse that the unaided eye can't see the colour (you need a good astronomical camera). Hope your observations go well.
 
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