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I saw a comet tonight!

 
BoxerLvr
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I saw a comet tonight!
I finally bought the cable to connect my telescope to my laptop so I can control it with Stellarium.

The first object I selected in Stellarium was Saturn just to test it out. The scope went right to it and Saturn was visible in the center of the eyepiece. Yay it works!

Next, I selected C/2010 X1 (Elenin), but didn't see anything. I'm not surprised though, it was very low by this time (8:45pm cst) at ~ 3 degrees above the horizon. And with all the light pollution near the horizon it would be very difficult to see.

My third object was another comet, C/2009 P1 (Garradd). It was much higher in the sky at ~ 65 degrees. This time I saw a faint fuzzy. WooHoo!, my first comet viewed with my telescope. I guess I'm going to have to wait until October to be able to see Elenin. cry
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Re: I saw a comet tonight!
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Re: I saw a comet tonight!
Awesome, I'd like to own one of those..
What model do you have? Any new sightings on Elenin?

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Re: I saw a comet tonight!
Awesome, I'd like to own one of those..
What model do you have? Any new sightings on Elenin?

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I haven't had a chance to try again. It's been too cloudy. Now with reports of it disintegrating, we might never get to see it.

It's a Celestron NexStar GPS 9.25".

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Re: I saw a comet tonight!
Next, I selected C/2010 X1 (Elenin), but didn't see anything. I'm not surprised though, it was very low by this time (8:45pm cst) at ~ 3 degrees above the horizon. And with all the light pollution near the horizon it would be very difficult to see.
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Are you able to take photos or even a screen shot through your laptop? Tomorrow (or the next) can you post a photo of Elenin?

Nice Scope BTW...
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thats cool...I want one now...Really. My kids would love it.

I saw a full moon tonight and then she went to bed..it was awesome! LOL

only a few more days until all the bullshit rises to the top..cant wait to see if all this doom is true or not.
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Re: I saw a comet tonight!
Next, I selected C/2010 X1 (Elenin), but didn't see anything. I'm not surprised though, it was very low by this time (8:45pm cst) at ~ 3 degrees above the horizon. And with all the light pollution near the horizon it would be very difficult to see.
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Are you able to take photos or even a screen shot through your laptop? Tomorrow (or the next) can you post a photo of Elenin?

Nice Scope BTW...
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Not any more. I had one of those cheap webcam type cameras, but didn't like the results I got with it so I sent it back. I'm saving my money to buy a better one. Before I sent it back I did take this pic of Saturn....the one on the left. The one on the right is from Stellarium. I made this pic to show how images are flipped horizontally when viewed through a telescope.

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Re: I saw a comet tonight!
Looks pretty awesome, but does it originally come in a higher res? Hope you could snap one of Elenin lol :)

Last Edited by Daikirai on 09/03/2011 11:48 AM
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