Waiting for ISON

I will probably make my first attempt to photograph C/2012 S1 ISON this coming weekend. A couple reasons for waiting… The bright Moon will have moved out of the morning sky by then. The comet, currently around magnitude ten, is brightening rapidly.

On the other hand the comet is plunging towards the Sun, rising later each day. Wait much longer and the photographic opportunity will slip away, at least until after Thanksgiving, when the comet will again appear after perihelion.

In the meantime, one of my favorite comet photos from years past…

C/2007N3 Lulin
Comet C/2007 N3 Lulin on the morning of 22 Feb 2009

Author: Andrew

An electrical engineer, amateur astronomer, and diver, living and working on the island of Hawaiʻi.

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