Comet, Moon & Mars

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Comet, Moon & Mars
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By Chuck McPartlin

Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) was an easy object Monday night in binoculars.

Above is a shot exposed for 30 seconds at ISO 6400 with a DSLR attached to a 5-inch f/6.3 refractor. Get out and take a look!

Moon Occults Mars

The Moon occulted the planet Mars on Monday night from our point of view. Here is what it looked like, assembled from a sequence of images exposed for 1/125 second at ISO 200 with a DSLR attached to a 5-inch f/6.3 refractor.

The images were spaced at approximately 1 minute intervals around the ingress and egress of Mars.


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ZeroHawk Feb 01, 2023 09:36 AM
Comet, Moon & Mars

very cool! i didn't get to see it last night. viewed from west beach. too much light pollution with no binoculars or telescope. Was it between Ursa Minor and Ursa Major? I'll try again this evening

EastBeach Feb 01, 2023 01:21 PM
Comet, Moon & Mars

Tonight, the comet will be between the big and little dippers horizontally, but vertically it will appear about 10-15 degrees higher up than either.

Hmm, I was just fooling around with Stellarium and noticed the ISS will be passing below the comet before 7:00PM. Might be an opportunity for a wide-field photo of both?

macpuzl Feb 01, 2023 02:48 PM
Comet, Moon & Mars

Yes, good catch of a photo op!

At 6:55 PM, just before it fades into our shadow, the ISS will be about 14 degrees below the comet, roughly in line with the comet and the handle of the Big Dipper asterism.

FondofSB Feb 01, 2023 03:39 PM
Comet, Moon & Mars

Dear Chuck,
Thanks for the video.
It should be flipped 180 °

macpuzl Feb 01, 2023 03:42 PM
Comet, Moon & Mars

Yup, used a diagonal. For celestial events, doesn't much matter ;)

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