Comet Lovejoy on Wednesday Morning

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Comet Lovejoy on Wednesday Morning
Posted by DaveMitsky on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 3:46 PM

I was able to observe Comet C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy) again this morning from my red zone backyard.   It was at an earlier hour than my two previous sightings so the comet was a bit lower in altitude.  In addition, the Moon had not yet set and the transparency was not as good as on Monday morning.  It was also colder.

I used only the 10x50 Celestron Ultima this time.  The comet was located to the northeast of the fourth-magnitude star Kappa Leonis and north of the third-magnitude star Epsilon Leonis.  It was a bit faint but was definitely present with averted vision.

I also viewed M35, M36, M37, M38, M41, M42 and the Sword of Orion, M44, M45, NGC 2244, NGC 2264, Collinder 65, Collinder 69, Collinder 70, the Hyades, and Mellotte 20.  The Hyades and Mellotte 20 (the Alpha Persei Association) were high overhead at the time and were striking binocular targets.

Dave Mitsky

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Thursday, November 14, 2013 2:05 AM

A more detailed short-term finder chart for Comet Lovejoy (and Comet ISON) can be found at http://media.skyandtelescope.com/documents/Comets_Ison_Lovejoy_EarlyNov.pdf

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Thursday, November 14, 2013 12:17 PM

Finder charts for the two comets for the second half of the month are now posted at http://media.skyandtelescope.com/documents/Comets_Ison_Lovejoy_LateNov.pdf

Dave Mitsky

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A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.

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Posted by Kevin Bozard on Thursday, November 14, 2013 12:48 PM

Thanks for the links to the maps Dave. I will give both comets another attempt once the skies clear again. Our forecast is for cloudy nights and mornings for the next 5 days.

"Good friends are like stars, you don't always see them, but you know they're always there."

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Equipment (so far): C6R-GT, C 80ED, Orion XT8, Orion XT10, Coronado PST, Zhumell 20x80 Binos

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