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09 November 2018
The Hunting of Comet 46P Wirtanen - Observing & Photography Challenge

“The Hunting of Comet 46P Wirtanen”

Our astronomy club announced its end of year challenge for observers and astrophotographers at our November monthly meeting last night.

Will you be the first member to see the comet, the first to photograph its tails?

This comet is on track to become a naked-eye object in early December.

It’s not currently visible to high latitude northern hemisphere observers but that’s all due to change at the end of this month.

This gives us a few weeks to train our eyes, get familiar with our star maps & apps, practice using our binoculars & scopes, and hone up on our photographic techniques.

Here’s a few links to give some more information on this exciting event.

No prizes for the first members to see or photograph the comet .... but massive ‘bragging rights’ and kudos to be earned!

Good Luck & Clear Skies

 

HAS Observing Team & HAS Astrophotography Group

 

http://wirtanen.astro.umd.edu/46P/46P_status.shtml

http://earthsky.org/space/46p-wirtanen-possibly-visible-to-eye-dec-2018

http://www.cometwatch.co.uk/wirtanen-brightest-comet-of-the-year-is-coming

 

 

JSL Observatory
Pop-Up Solar Observatory at Inverness Leisure Centre

A very successful afternoon was had last Saturday.

Watch this space for notice of our next pop-up observatory!

Meet us, find out what we do, hear about our club activities, look at telescopes, astrophotographs, 3D-printed accessories. Take part in fun activities.

** View the Sun through a special solar telescope **

Like what you see? You can JOIN OUR CLUB on the day, right there & then!


All welcome!
Directions can be found href="http://www.spacegazer.com/index.asp?pageid=94482">here, and a list of planned observing sessions is on the href="http://www.spacegazer.com/index.asp?pageid=94984">JSL Observatory page. Please check back here for the latest status before setting out.