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4 months 5 hours ago #106347 by Fermidox
Well here's a dslr shot of Comet Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova from this evening, an awkward target low in Capricorn and getting lower from next week. But should reach mag 6 in February morning skies. With comparison stars labelled I'd estimate a mag of 7.2

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3 months 4 weeks ago #106348 by Neill
Pete Lawrence from the Sky at Night has taken some good pics of 45P from Selsey, England.

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3 months 4 weeks ago #106349 by flt158
Hi Fermidox.
I am delighted to see your image of Comet Honda -Mrkos -Pajdusakova.
Many congratulations for it. It's a real winner!
I completely agree with your magnitude reading.
Maybe I shall see it when it enters Aquila the Eagle.
I was observing on Thursday night for 3.5 hours splitting loads of doubles and triples.
I was also greatly admiring 5 carbon stars.
Must do a report eventually.

Clear skies,

Aubrey.

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3 months 4 weeks ago #106350 by Neill
45P will be starting to fade in February, but will be visible again. At the start of the month, it is in Aquila before reaching Hercules and Corona Borealis by mid-month. It then heads into Bootes and Coma Berencies in the 2nd half of Feb.

www.aerith.net/comet/catalog/0045P/2016.html

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3 months 4 weeks ago #106351 by flt158
I reckon this comet is all about altitude.
That is to say -how high its position above the horizon it actually is.
Magnitude definitely matters also.
If it is too faint, we will see it only for a limited period.

Clear (western) skies.

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3 months 3 weeks ago #106366 by KevinSmith
Good Evening.

I also caught it on DSLR but unfortunately didn't have any tracking but took a few 3 second exposures and stacked them and cropped the image.

Although the comet will be higher each night it's going to be tricky with it getting brighter and the moon out.

Even on short exposures a tail is starting to show so hopefully some longer ones we will see some detail.

Kevin
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