More hunting time spend on the comet, this morning it should be right under the star Spica. Meanwhile, few observation of the full moon fading behind the hills on the western horizon. Mercury later on shined brightly at the brightness of dawn between pink clouds.
The images are included are of Mercury, the Moon, and finally for the log purposes, a picture of the comet Ison very dim between clouds.
This morning the observations of the comets and the planets at dawn took place at Santa Susana pass. The comet is near the Sun now, so it rises within close time window. There for, no need to drive to remote place for dark sky since the glare of the Sun will be out anyway.
The pass weather was a bit cold with wind blowing from the east, making wind tunnels between rock formations. The clouds were low near the horizon. I am not sure what the altitude of the clouds was. So there was no access to the comet.
At some part of the pass, where the rock formation covers the light pollution from both valleys, the Simi from the west and San Fernando from the east, bright stars stood clearly and their blue hue is very present from the human figure shape constellation Orion and it’s little companion dog and nearby in contrast the warm color of orange from the Aldebaran. At west, the far clouds near the horizon gave the view of those constellations as if they were flouting on sea of clouds, at this time of the day, the whole time it felt like a good night dream. On the east, the sky starts to give a hint of brightening led by the yellow of Arcturus.
The eastern view had Mars high in the sky near the Moon, beautiful view, while Saturn and Mercury at lower altitude near the horizon. In the other side, Jupiter was shining brightly.
Along with Venus early at twilight, it was a night with all five visible planets and the Moon. A small telescope or binoculars would show Neptune and Uranus too at twilight. All of this made me feel I was surrounded by a lot of old friends, and home.
This log is from the 17th of Nov-2013. The weather is been cloudy for days, and observing the comet is very difficult. Southern California is having a cloudy week, and most if not all of the dark sites are covered with clouds from Bishop to San Diego, and from the pacific, to Joshua Tree.
Here are few pictures from early morning to dawn of Mercury, the cloudy skies, and nearly full Moon. All pictures were taken at Location near Castaic Lake, California. The eastern horizon yellowish glow is Lancaster Town.
The last couple of pictures shows the state of the sky that morning.
Comet Ison. Now, it is within the naked eye reach. This picture was taken an hour before Sunrise. Location is near Castaic Lake, California. Approximately 60 miles (100 Kilometer) north los Los Angeles. It was a marine layer morning in Los Angeles County. Weather was humid and on the cold side in term of temperature. The location where the picture was taken had a clear sky and a windy weather.