I was outside this morning before 5:00 a.m. EST and was able to see Comet Lovejoy easily enough above the Sickle of Leo through my 15x70s from my backyard, despite a brightening sky. I also looked at M42 and the Sword of Orion, M44, M45, and the Hyades.
A bit later I walked down the block to a spot with a better eastern view but was unable to sweep up Comet ISON. There was some low-level haze. I could see Mars, Porrima, and Arcturus well enough but Spica was in the trees. Comet ISON was situated between Porrima (Gamma Virginis) and Spica at the time. I called it quits a bit after 5:30 a.m. EST.
Sic itur ad astra!
Chance favors the prepared mind.
A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.
I might have given up a bit too early on Friday morning. I've seen a few reports of sightings as late as 6:00 a.m.
The forecast is for clear skies on Tuesday morning so I'm going to give it another go tomorrow. Unfortunately, Comet ISON will be positioned even lower in the sky by that time.
The forecast has been dead wrong for the entire night. It's almost completely overcast at the moment and the satellite maps show clouds, clouds, and more clouds, so no Comet ISON for me this morning.
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