Saturday, January 28, 2023

much fainter, OK?

Sheesh. What is wrong with everybody?!

This comet is NOT going to be easy to see!

C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) was amazing. It was great. Wonderfully bright in the summer of 2020. Easy to see in binoculars. Nice long tail. Visible to the unaided eye for a while. Easy to tag in photography. Made an appearance in the morning and the evening, handy for all.

C/2020 F3, if I remember correctly, reached magnitude 2.2 or 2.3.

But this new, current "bright" comet in the north is going to be 10 or 20 times fainter!

The media is blowing this all out of proportion. The media is making is seem like you'll be able to observe an incredible green colour. No. No no no.

Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) might reach magnitude 5. If we're lucky, 4.5.

If '20 F3 was 2.3 and '22 E3 reaches 5.0, it will be 12 times fainter! 

To the eye, in binoculars, visually in a telescope, it will not be green. 

Expect grey.


Try. Do try. Go for it. No harm, right?

Use a good chart or app and look in the right area. Have your binoculars handy.

Also, you need to look at 1:00 AM or 2:00 AM (or later). Not after supper! You need to get E3 as high into the sky as you can. So, go to bed and set an alarm, if necessary.

Just know, going in, this ain't C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE).


Good luck.

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