Comet C/2022 E3

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Comet C/2022 E3
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By Stargazer Ron

As reported in the January 21 issue of Edhat, Chuck McPartlin reported on the appearance of Comet C/2022 E3 in the northern sky during the early morning. As he reported: "Since this comet is really being hyped lately, be aware that it won't be showing the greenish color visually, just in photographs. Even at its brightest, it will only be visible as a small smudge with averted vision from a dark site."

So, with that useful information in hand, I attempted to make a color photograph of it using a backyard telescope with a 5-inch lens. The resulting image did indeed have a green glow as shown in this 15 second exposure made shortly after 5:00am on January 24.

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macpuzl Jan 25, 2023 02:49 PM
Comet C/2022 E3

Nice capture!

The comet is continuing to be brighter than expected, and will probably peak Feb 1-2. Still just a smudge visually.

We are now looking directly along the path of the fan-shaped dust tail, so bits of it are showing on both sides of the coma, making it look like it has a tail and an anti-tail. In addition, it has a long ion tail.

Snorky Jan 26, 2023 07:26 AM
Comet C/2022 E3

very cool, thanks for sharing

seahorse Jan 26, 2023 10:13 AM
Comet C/2022 E3

Great photo! I've been looking for it with binoculars but so far no luck. I'm not really sure where to look between the cup of the Big Dipper and Polaris.

macpuzl Jan 26, 2023 11:41 AM
Comet C/2022 E3

Sky and Telescope <https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-news/sneak-peek-at-two-promising-ztf-comets/>.

Get the current position of E3 at The Sky Live <https://theskylive.com/c2022e3-info>.

seahorse Jan 27, 2023 06:17 AM
Comet C/2022 E3

Thank you @MACPUZL, very helpful graphics; will try again tomorrow.

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