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    December, 2012
Hello all astronomy geeks!
Posted by QuantumObject1 on Saturday, November 30, 2013 9:31 AM

Great discussions and website! I am new to the site and wanted to introduce myself as I have a question regarding Comet ISON.

the site has some great updates on the subject. I own an 8 inch telescope and am tracking where to view it but at my northern hemisphere location of 52.8 deg I am not sure it's visible to me. It seems that the comet has dropped below the horizon for now. Most of the time the details provided on the website on locating ISON each day do not often discuss the minimum latitude to see it.


I have used the skydome app and have had some success in locating it, but my question is;

Is there is somewhere we can find the latitude location on a daily basis for ISON and other objects?

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Posted by PeakOilBill on Saturday, November 30, 2013 2:56 PM

Use the StarDome feature under 'Observing' up at the top of the Astronomy magazine webpage. Just enter your location, AND select the correct time zone for your location after StarDome loads. Sometimes it takes a while to pop up. You need Java in your computer for it to work. The sky will be exact for where you are. Select 'comets' in the display selection box on the right, and they will show up in the correct position in the sky. You can see what the sky looks like at any date and time you want by using the tiny little arrows. You can see how the comet will move if you hold down the day arrow in the date box. Comet ISON has broken up. Comet Lovejoy wasn't on the StarDome graphic, last time I checked. But someone mentioned it in a recent discussion. The astronomy geeks on this site usually put up maps of locations of comets in their discussions. They are an above average bunch. You can find maps of where Lovejoy is by Googling it. Check the Sky and Telescope magazine website too, whenever comets are around.      


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Posted by Aratus on Sunday, December 01, 2013 4:32 PM


 I own an 8 inch telescope and am tracking where to view it but at my northern hemisphere location of 52.8 deg I am not sure it's visible to me.

One old fashioned, but still servicable way of determining what is visible in the night's sky is to buy a planisphere.    You need to get them for your approximate location.    I think you can get 50 degree ones in the USA.    You can get them for 51.5 degrees north in the UK, but a 50 will do.


 Having established where in the night's sky an object is, it is a simple matter to find out if it is visible at a certain time on a particular date of the year.



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Posted by DaveMitsky on Sunday, December 01, 2013 8:18 PM

Hello QuantumObject1,

You may want to download the freeware planetarium program called Stellarium.


Dave Mitsky

Sic itur ad astra!

Chance favors the prepared mind.

A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.

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    February, 2014
Posted by space_ace on Monday, February 24, 2014 5:05 PM

I'd look at a globe.On a globe there are lines that represents latitude. Welcome

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    February, 2014
Posted by Deep_Impact on Monday, February 24, 2014 9:22 PM

When I used to have an Iphone, I downloaded a truly awesome app called Star Walk for $2.99 that uses your current location to show you what you are looking at in the sky. As you move, the live sky view changes with the direction the phone is pointed so everything is always lined up perfectly or near perfect. It also gives in depth info as to what time celestial objects rise and set to the horizon and when they peak in height in the sky. There are too many features to rave about here, but whether beginner or astrophysicist this is a great app to have. 

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Posted by mr Q on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 10:14 AM

Hello and welcome to the forums.


If its comet info you are looking for, this site is (I think) the most accurate since it is based on actual observations, not predictions. It is updated the first week of each month and will cover your area OK. As you will see, ISON is no longer - not making it around the Sun last NovemberSad


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