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ISON image from this morning (9/6/13)

 
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ISON image from this morning (9/6/13)
This is my first image of ISON since April, and the first to be captured with my own personal telescope (an 8" Meade LX200). The comet doesn't look like much yet, it's still very dim. I was just able to make it out above the light pollution level. My usual observing site has decent skies, but the light pollution is much worse in the east than high overhead or in the west, and unfortunately ISON is hanging out low in the east at dawn. It was only 20 degrees above the horizon when I captured it.
ison962013

Here is an astrometrically solved version of the image:
[link to nova.astrometry.net]
As you can see by astrometry, the comet appears as a small streak from about 8h 50m 11.58s, +21d 29' 29.2" to about 8h 50m 11.95s, +21d 29' 26.05", in perfect agreement with the orbit of ISON.

For those fans of google sky out there, you can use this KMZ file to view the image in google sky and fade between the image and the background google sky mosaic to see that there is nothing there at ISON's position that could otherwise account for the appearance of that smudge in the image:
[link to nova.astrometry.net]

Now that I have reacquired it myself, I can start doing ISON webcasts in the morning to watch the comet live.

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Re: ISON image from this morning (9/6/13)
Looking at this is like looking at those baby ultrasonography. Specialists say "it is there", but all I see is a blurry image. But thanks for the effort!
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Looking at this is like looking at those baby ultrasonography. Specialists say "it is there", but all I see is a blurry image. But thanks for the effort!
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Well, sorry, but ISON just isn't impressive yet. It's only a few arcseconds in size. Nothing wrong with the telescope or camera though; the exact same setup very easily and casually took this picture from the exact same site, even later into twilight.
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Re: ISON image from this morning (9/6/13)
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O rly? Where are your pictures of ISON then?
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O rly? Where are your pictures of ISON then?
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i am not having a dig at you its clear you know your stuff but that picture is such a let down
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Now that I have reacquired it myself, I can start doing ISON webcasts in the morning to watch the comet live.
 Quoting: Dr. Astro


Outstanding! I'll be watching for them!
Any chance you might do a time lapse with your captures over the coming weeks?
Today is yesterday's tomorrow.
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Looking at this is like looking at those baby ultrasonography. Specialists say "it is there", but all I see is a blurry image. But thanks for the effort!
 Quoting: MaybeTrollingU


Well, sorry, but ISON just isn't impressive yet. It's only a few arcseconds in size. Nothing wrong with the telescope or camera though; the exact same setup very easily and casually took this picture from the exact same site, even later into twilight.
m42hdr
 Quoting: Dr. Astro


Dont get me wrong, I'm not demeaning your work, I appreciate it very much. But to me, a layman in astronomy, this comet its just something close to nothing, that people are making a big fuzz over it. I don't think we will even see it with naked eye here on earth. The top outcome of it will be it breaking apart and maybe some small sparkles in the night sky, but nothing more.
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O rly? Where are your pictures of ISON then?
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i am not having a dig at you its clear you know your stuff but that picture is such a let down
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Ah, well, them's the breaks, as they say. ISON's still somewhere in the magnitude 14 ballpark, too dim to look impressive in most telescopes. To put that in some perspective, it's about 1,585 times dimmer than the dimmest stars you can see by naked eye.
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Re: ISON image from this morning (9/6/13)
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Now that I have reacquired it myself, I can start doing ISON webcasts in the morning to watch the comet live.
 Quoting: Dr. Astro


Outstanding! I'll be watching for them!
Any chance you might do a time lapse with your captures over the coming weeks?
 Quoting: GroundHogDay


My "grand plan" is to put together a video at the end showing the progression of the comet over time using this setup. The window to observe it each morning is too short to make a single day time lapse worthwhile.

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Re: ISON image from this morning (9/6/13)
Nice man....I'm getting so antsy I'm about too chop down some trees to get down to 20 degrees....lol
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Isn't the op a paid homo shill? At least that's what I gathered from reading here. We conspiracytards question everything!
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You new here? Dr. A's not a paid homo shill...

Thanks, Dr. A. Can't wait to see the progression.

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Looking at this is like looking at those baby ultrasonography. Specialists say "it is there", but all I see is a blurry image. But thanks for the effort!
 Quoting: MaybeTrollingU


Well, sorry, but ISON just isn't impressive yet. It's only a few arcseconds in size. Nothing wrong with the telescope or camera though; the exact same setup very easily and casually took this picture from the exact same site, even later into twilight.
:m42hdr:
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Nice astrophotography pic, what camera are you using astro ?
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Re: ISON image from this morning (9/6/13)
Hey Dr, can you summup for us who did not follow the ISON doom story.

It's a comet that's gonna pass by earth and sun ... ? when?
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pathetic
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O rly? Where are your pictures of ISON then?
 Quoting: Dr. Astro


you just got trolled
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Re: ISON image from this morning (9/6/13)
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Now that I have reacquired it myself, I can start doing ISON webcasts in the morning to watch the comet live.
 Quoting: Dr. Astro


Outstanding! I'll be watching for them!
Any chance you might do a time lapse with your captures over the coming weeks?
 Quoting: GroundHogDay


My "grand plan" is to put together a video at the end showing the progression of the comet over time using this setup. The window to observe it each morning is too short to make a single day time lapse worthwhile.
 Quoting: Dr. Astro


Hey Dr Astro, i appreciate all your efforts here and information. Thanks
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Re: ISON image from this morning (9/6/13)
This is my first image of ISON since April, and the first to be captured with my own personal telescope (an 8" Meade LX200). The comet doesn't look like much yet, it's still very dim. I was just able to make it out above the light pollution level. My usual observing site has decent skies, but the light pollution is much worse in the east than high overhead or in the west, and unfortunately ISON is hanging out low in the east at dawn. It was only 20 degrees above the horizon when I captured it.
:ison962013:

Here is an astrometrically solved version of the image:
[link to nova.astrometry.net]
As you can see by astrometry, the comet appears as a small streak from about 8h 50m 11.58s, +21d 29' 29.2" to about 8h 50m 11.95s, +21d 29' 26.05", in perfect agreement with the orbit of ISON.

For those fans of google sky out there, you can use this KMZ file to view the image in google sky and fade between the image and the background google sky mosaic to see that there is nothing there at ISON's position that could otherwise account for the appearance of that smudge in the image:
[link to nova.astrometry.net]

Now that I have reacquired it myself, I can start doing ISON webcasts in the morning to watch the comet live.
 Quoting: Dr. Astro


now... i am 90% positive there is no nubiru on it's way and if there were this is not it. But i cannot help but add to fuel to the fire but, in this picture it looks like a sphere. It almost looks like a ball, with the left side being slightly illuminated, and the right side being shadowed.. and it looks red. lol, someone will have fun with this.hiding
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Re: ISON image from this morning (9/6/13)
congrats on the spotting though, totally cool
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Just run that definition of parallax by me again.LOL
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pathetic
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pathetic
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O rly? Where are your pictures of ISON then?
 Quoting: Dr. Astro


i am not having a dig at you its clear you know your stuff but that picture is such a let down
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 831183


Isn't the op a paid homo shill? At least that's what I gathered from reading here. We conspiracytards question everything!
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pathetic
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Lame fucking tards. What contribution have you donated to this site that has any validity?
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Isn't the op a paid homo shill? At least that's what I gathered from reading here. We conspiracytards question everything!
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You new here? Dr. A's not a paid homo shill...

 Quoting: abeliever


Is he a free one??
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I'm getting excited!
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Re: ISON image from this morning (9/6/13)
Looking at this is like looking at those baby ultrasonography. Specialists say "it is there", but all I see is a blurry image. But thanks for the effort!
 Quoting: MaybeTrollingU


Well, sorry, but ISON just isn't impressive yet. It's only a few arcseconds in size. Nothing wrong with the telescope or camera though; the exact same setup very easily and casually took this picture from the exact same site, even later into twilight.
m42hdr
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Nice astrophotography pic, what camera are you using astro ?
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Atik Titan-C
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Re: ISON image from this morning (9/6/13)
Hey Dr, can you summup for us who did not follow the ISON doom story.

It's a comet that's gonna pass by earth and sun ... ? when?
 Quoting: Korats01


Perihelion (closest to sun) is November 28th, perigee (closest to earth) is December 26th.
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Looking at this is like looking at those baby ultrasonography. Specialists say "it is there", but all I see is a blurry image. But thanks for the effort!
 Quoting: MaybeTrollingU


Well, sorry, but ISON just isn't impressive yet. It's only a few arcseconds in size. Nothing wrong with the telescope or camera though; the exact same setup very easily and casually took this picture from the exact same site, even later into twilight.
:m42hdr:
 Quoting: Dr. Astro


Why would a comet called 'NEGRO' be expected to give light?
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Looking at this is like looking at those baby ultrasonography. Specialists say "it is there", but all I see is a blurry image. But thanks for the effort!
 Quoting: MaybeTrollingU


Well, sorry, but ISON just isn't impressive yet. It's only a few arcseconds in size. Nothing wrong with the telescope or camera though; the exact same setup very easily and casually took this picture from the exact same site, even later into twilight.
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Wow!
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Congrats Astro!!! It has to be a thrill to use your own equipment to monitor Ison!
Thank you so much for sharing your data!!!!
Love & Light...
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Re: ISON image from this morning (9/6/13)
Yes ISON looks like such a dud so far.............thanks for the pic Astro!
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Hey Dr, can you summup for us who did not follow the ISON doom story.

It's a comet that's gonna pass by earth and sun ... ? when?
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Perihelion (closest to sun) is November 28th, perigee (closest to earth) is December 26th.
 Quoting: Dr. Astro


thx
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Re: ISON image from this morning (9/6/13)
Dr. Astro we would like it if you turned in your Ison badge. Im the manager walking up to you on the mound.....
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Re: ISON image from this morning (9/6/13)
Is that really it? How in the fuck are we supposed to know?

If I post a blurry pic with my 10 dollar scope, will I get praised too?


You don't know what that is Shillstro, for all we know it could be a bumblebee flying by, go lick your nuts somewhere dickhead.
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Please shut the fuck up.

If you dont like what Astro posts, simply fuck off and post your under educated crap in one of the other posts.
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Is that really it? How in the fuck are we supposed to know?

If I post a blurry pic with my 10 dollar scope, will I get praised too?


You don't know what that is Shillstro, for all we know it could be a bumblebee flying by, go lick your nuts somewhere dickhead.
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If you post a random blurry pic from your ten dollar scope I'll debunk it since it won't be astrometrically solvable as Ison. This image is, and yes I know what it shows. I even provided an astrometrically solved version of the image, proving it is indeed Ison.
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