Saturday, November 23, 2013

Nov. 23: Unable to Spot ISON in Cold November Sky over Indiana

I set an alarm this morning to get up at 6:25am ET and head out to look for C/2012 S1 (ISON). There were some thin clouds along the horizon which didn't help my search at all. I scanned back and forth looking through my viewfinder, and snapped dozens of photos hoping to catch ISON poking through the clouds. All I came away with was one questionable smudge, and no confirmation of ISON in its predicted position. I guess it's just too low to the horizon, meaning more atmosphere in the way and too close to the light of the rising sun to show up.

Latest updates on Comet ISON. Looks like it's predicted to be visible again by December 1 and up above the treeline by December 5. I thought it was going to go to the other side of the sun and be visible after sunset, but it looks like it will stay a morning comet. So much for my West-facing balcony :(

ison watch indiana november 23
f/5.6, 2 sec, ISO 400, 120mm, small smudge in circle maybe?? Height of cell tower is about 4°

ison watch indiana november 23
f/5.6, 2 sec, ISO 400, 120mm

november sunrise
f/5.6, 1/2 sec, ISO 200

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