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Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE - naked eye comet

Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE - naked eye comet

Most of us may know by now that there is a bright naked-eye comet visible in the northern sky. It is currently at an observed magnitude of ~1.5 and has 5-6 degree tail. 

The image below shows the path of the comet during July and until end of August at just after midnight. The comet is moving westward from Lynx, through the bottom of Ursa Major, Coma Berenices and into Virgo.

Comet NEOWISE F3 path in sky

The comet is an easy naked-eye object but if you want to see it upclose, then binoculars are ideal as they will let you see not just the comet's coma but also a good portion of its tail.

Celestron's 15x magnification SkyMaster binocular range are ideal for viewing the comet.

 Celestron SkyMaster 15x70

Celestron SkyMaster Pro 15x70

The SkyMaster 15x70 binoculars and SkyMaster Pro 15x70's have large 70mm aperture objective lenses to let in the light, 15x magnification to get up close (but not too close), and have a 4.4° field of view. This means you can see the vast majority of the whole comet structure - coma and tail. The SkyMaster 25x70 and 20x80 have a smaller apparent field of view so less of the comet overall will be seen.

The sandard 15x70 and Pro series are ~1.3-1.4kg in weight so can be hand-held for short periods but can be used with a standard photo-tripod if needed using their supplied tripod adaptor. The Pro version also includes the RSR - Reflex Sight Rail - so a red-dot finderscope can be attached to find the comet or other objects easily.

Apart from comet observing the SkyMaster 15x70 range are also great a viewing deep sky objects that are coming into view this upcoming autumnal and winter season such as the Andromeda Galaxy, Orion nebula and Pleiades star cluster.

Find out more about observing this comet by following the links below:

BBC Sky at Night guide to comet NEOWISE

Astronomy Now guide to observing comet NEOWISE

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