C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto)

C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) on Nov 17, 2018, 11:30 UT. 28×60 sec @ ISO 3200, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3, TV-85 at F/5.6. Star-Streaks Lightest version.
C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) on Nov 17, 2018, 11:30 UT. 28×60 sec @ ISO 3200, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3, TV-85 at F/5.6. Star-Streaks version.
C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) on Nov 17, 2018, 11:30 UT. 28×60 sec @ ISO 3200, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3, TV-85 at F/5.6. Star-Freeze version.

New comet Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto (C/2018 V1) is showing a little tail right at the end of the best time for observations of it.   Not much time to shoot it, since it doesn’t rise out of the low-elevation muck until after astronomical twilight starts.   Oh, well… I did my best.   28 subs is not too bad.

I was at my “dark” site shooting this.   Could have gone better.   I had equipment problems and other issues and wasted lots of time trying to get the mount calibrated.  To top it off, my dead-end road spot was invaded by duck hunters arriving before dawn to hunt.   I lost about 10 subs from their vehicle headlights.

Comet 38P (Stephan-Oterma) and Kappa Gemini

Comet 38P (Stephan-Oterma) and Kappa Gemini on Nov 17, 2018, 09:00 UT.  40×120 sec @ ISO 3200, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3, Televue TV-85 at F/5.6.

Wide-field view of Comet 38P near Kappa Gemini.  Small comet, but it has a tail and a nice extended coma.  You can see this better in this cropped star-streaks version below:

Comet 38P (Stephan-Oterma) on Nov 17, 2018, 09:00 UT. 40×120 sec @ ISO 3200, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3, TV-85 at F/5.6.

Comet 38P – Sony IMX224

Comet 38P on Nov 3, 2018, 10:45 UT. 6×30 sec, Sony IMX224, TV-85 at F/5.6. ToupSky Live Capture.

Comet 38P along with comet 46P are both peaking this fall/winter.   38P will stay relatively dim, but at least it has a tail.  This image of it was just a test of the Sony IMX224 on a half-decent comet.

I really wanted to shoot it with my DSLR and I was going to, but the weather changed abruptly Saturday night late and Sunday morning was clouded out.  Heck, it even rained before sunrise.   I had to tear down the rig before the comet was out with the fast change in weather.  Darn the bad luck!

Thin Crescent Moon – Nov 3, 2018

2 panel mosaic of the Moon, taken at dawn on Nov 3, 2018. RD Sony IMX224, TV-85 at F/5.6.

A beautiful moon at dawn and I just couldn’t resist grabbing some images of it.   I had to piece this mosaic together, since the Rising Tech Sony IMX224 cam does not have a wide enough field of view to get the whole thing in one shot.