Comet ISON is getting visible each day as it nears towards the sun but if you desire to set ISON on its most spectacular angle, here are some pointers you should note to the best view ever.

Dark Sky and Clear Horizon

When viewing celestial objects in space, it is best to look at them on complete dark sky with unobstructed horizon. Comet ISON is brighter if viewed in absolute darkness while clear skies gives good view of its tail.

Bright for the Naked Eye

Comet ISON can flash bright in the sky. However, you won't get all the dynamic details using your eyes unlike with a telescope.

Using Equipments

Binoculars will give you a closer look on ISON and allow you to see subtle details that the naked eye cannot. But if you are doing some experiments, try using a telescope.


Some wants souvenir of Comet ISON and it means a camera with tripod under proper aperture and focus to get the best 'smile' of ISON. Take some 30-second exposure of a star in the general view then take one-minute exposure with a standard 50 mm lens at ISO 1600. Longer lenses such as 200 or 300 mm can take better zoom in view of ISON.

Approaching the Sun

Avoid looking on the comet once it tracks down the sun. Sun's brightness using binoculars or staring too long using the naked eye may damage the retina which isn't ISON's fault at all. As much as possible, do the viewing during night time and get the best angle of ISON in darkness.

Comet ISON

ISON or Nevski-Novichonok is a comet discovered on September 21st of 2012 by Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok using the International Scientific Optical Network giving its ISON.

By November 22, ISON will start to drop below the planet Mercury in the bright twilight and will reach its brightest glow around the time closest to the Sun but may not be seen due to the star's strong glare.