Comets 2P/Encke and C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy)

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Comets 2P/Encke and C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy)
Posted by Centaur on Saturday, November 02, 2013 4:31 PM

I've added preview graphics and data for comets 2P/Encke and C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy) to my comets webpage. They join comets C/2012 S1 (ISON) and C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring).

They can be seen at

Photos and descriptions of these comets would be welcome additions to this thread.


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Posted by Tony383 on Monday, November 04, 2013 5:02 PM

Wishing now I had brought my camera and mount setup rather than my big dob this past weekend.  It would have made for some good widefield shots and I would have been able to stay inside the duck blind with the heater.  Anyway, my observation of Lovejoy was that it had a large coma, with a very faint tail that I could only see with averted vision.  Some that looked at the comet saw an elongated nucleus, but I did not.  It just mainly appeared spherical to me with a very large coma.  I was using a 14mm Explore Scientific eyepiece and a 20mm Explore Scientific eyepiece.  The best view was with the 14mm in my 18" f4.5 dob.   

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Dobsonian, 72mm Astro-Tech ED refractor, a bunch of eyepieces, a couple of filters, a DSLR and german equatorial mount, binoculars

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