Comet Encke

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Comet Encke
Posted by cooltech on Tuesday, November 04, 2003 8:28 AM
I WAS SO EXCITED LAST NITE!
Set my scope on NGC 7662, knowing from Astronomy Mag. that Comet Encke was nearby. Found a group of stars and then saw the fuzz ball !
Even called a close friend and shouted into the phone, "I think I found a comet!!!!"
Then with further reading and star chart looking and the mention of 7662 being the "Blue Snowball Nebula", and 3 photo's later, I came to the conclusion that I was viewing the Snowball Nebula and not Encke at all.
I was actually sad! Strange, Had my first view of NGC 7662 and was dissapointed I didn't find the comet!
Now, 9hrs. later, I'm much better and shall reval in my first 7662 siteing.

LOOK OUT ENCKE, I'm comin' for ya! Any advice folks?
cooltechCool [8D] is in the house!
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, November 04, 2003 10:24 AM
LOL, I understand your disapointment but am glad that you got to see the blue snowball nebula. That in itself is a worth while target. I am personally waiting for the moon to get past full, then I am planning to look before the moon rises. I feel that this maybe the best view that I am going to get. Ok to be honest I am going to keep looking for it every chance that I get, but know that the moon is going to be too bright for a while.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, November 04, 2003 10:25 AM
ps try a narrow band LP filter it should help.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, November 04, 2003 4:54 PM
I did that a few years ago I was looking for M15 in binoculars and found Comet Levy,It was much brighter than and bigger than M15,so I thought I discovered a new comet.! I was going to name it Comet Tommy,but Levy beat me to it by a few months.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, November 04, 2003 8:17 PM
The above posts got me thinking about the only comet I ever saw, Ikeye-Zhang in May of 2002. I was looking for M13 in Hercules with binoculars and came across a big white blob that I later found out was Ikeye-Zhang. That was an exciting moment and I'm really anxious to see some more comets in the next year! Landrew
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Posted by DaveMitsky on Tuesday, November 04, 2003 9:09 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by cooltech
LOOK OUT ENCKE, I'm comin' for ya! Any advice folks?
cooltechCool [8D] is in the house!


I observed 2P/Encke from a dark site through a 14.5" Zambuto mirror Starmaster two Fridays ago. It was the dimmest comet that I've ever seen and was not visible until it was near the zenith. This comet has a very gaseous coma and is passing close to the Earth so that the coma has a large apparent size and low surface brightness. I've seen very few observation reports on it so far and those that I have seen have mentioned how difficult it was to see (and some of those were from the southwest with large telescopes).

Dave Mitsky

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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, November 10, 2003 2:39 PM
Below is the latest observation listed at on the ICQ site.

COMET 2P/Encke
Total-magnitude and coma-diameter estimates (visual unless otherwise noted):
2003
Nov. 9.07, 8.6, about 9' (D. W. E. Green, Hubbardston, MA, 12x50 binoculars);

I have gone ahead and ordered the Lumicon Comet filter. Big Smile [:D] I doubt that I will get it in time for 2P/Encke, but will be glad to have it for upcoming comets.

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