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C/2020 F8 (SWAN)

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C/2020 F8 (SWAN)

I am sure everyone knows that comet SWAN is moving towards visibility in the UK sky. I thought I'd set up a thread for postings of first sightings - visual and CCD -  by BAA members.

There are indications that it might not be behaving as we might have hoped...

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Hergenrother (credible

Hergenrother (credible observer) reported mag 5.7 at 2020/05/13.46

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SWAN from Chelmsford

Here you go David. An image from Chelmsford this morning is here. It is not really world-shattering stuff but at least it is visible from here now. Not quite the as good as Rhemann's image from Namibia.

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Migrating Swan

This is great, thanks. Good to see it has arrived in the northern sky. It is obviously quite a bright object (would you say mag 5 - 6  is about right?) from looking at the stars that are visible in your image. Unfortunately we've had a lot of cloud at the NE coast these past weeks, and I haven't been able to observe for some time. I'm ready with binoculars and a DSLR. The latest images do show a dust tail, which I hope develops further.

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In the press

So I went to the Daily Mail for the latest authoritative information on C/2020 F8 ... and to my great surprise came across some commentary by Nick!

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Fame?

My great surprise too! They have lifted some quotes that I gave to a journalist who writes for Forbes magazine. The original article is here.

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Fair do's

The Forbes article is measured, with wise comments from you.

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May 16

David, Thanks. At the moment this is definitely not a comet for the general public to get excited about. I got it again this morning. It was much higher (5 deg vs 2.5 deg) but there was more cloud and haze so the two cancelled out. Picture attached. Bear in mind that this was with a 200mm FL lens so quite a small field of view. The comet is still quite hard to spot.

 

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comet Swan

You were  very Lucky Nick.  Here  beside Gatwick Airport  in Crawley. Sky  clear at 2300h..Bst 15th     Camera set up  with  Sony  SLT 65a and  85m F1.4 lens   16th 0300h Bst   thick medium level stratus  0400 Bst  still similar so  abandoned  watch.  No break in Clouds until 11.00 Bst which only lasted  for a short period.     Try again Sunday Morning in hope  for better  conditions