Mike's Astro Photos
Nov.14 2013

ISON Really Bright Today!

by , under Comets & Meteors

What a surprise it was to image ISON this morning. I immediately noticed a significant brightness. I only had about 20 minutes of image time due to the sun rising and ISON’s current low elevation. This may be the last telescope photo of ISON I take before it goes around the sun. This image is only a 60 second exposure of RGB. The clouds ruined the viewing for most of the morning and this was the first and only set of frames I could get. Feeling lucky :)

Comet ISON – November 14th, 2013 – VERY BRIGHT!

Here is an alert email from Mike Kelly about ISON brightening this morning.

Dear Comet ISON Observers,

There are several reports of a dramatic increase in comet ISON’s
brightness this morning.  Total magnitude estimates, reported to the
Yahoo Comets Mailing List, are around 6.5 to 6.0.

Emmanuel Jehin (TRAPPIST) reports a factor of 8 increase in OH and
Afrho (dust) in the last 24 hours.  He also reports that there is not
yet an indication of disruption.

A nice set of images by Juanjo Gonzalez can be found at
http://cieloprofundo.files.wordpress.com .  Note the bottom two images
are taken the 12th and 14th of November.

Observations are clearly need to determine how long this trend
persists, if any fragments appear, or the nucleus disintegrates.  If
ISON is undergoing a fragmentation or disruption phase, expect another
ISON Alert!

Best,
Mike Kelley

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2 Comments for this entry

  • Jonathan Springer

    Mike,

    Incredible photo!!! May I ask what your settings were and the gear used?

    Thanks so much!

    v/r,
    Jonathan

  • sorin

    beautiful, gorgeous, a great picture … congratulations!
    to us, in Constanta city in Romania, the sky is covered with clouds and we are not able to see … THANK YOU!
    We look forward to other photos as beautiful …

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