Comet Lovejoy Once Again, 25 November 2013

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Comet Lovejoy Once Again, 25 November 2013
Posted by DaveMitsky on Monday, November 25, 2013 4:59 AM

I observed Comet C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy) again this morning from my red zone backyard at approximately 5:20 a.m. EST (10:20 UT) using Celestron Ultima 10x50 and Burgess Optical 15x70 binoculars.  

Despite the light from the 54% illuminated Moon and local light pollution, the comet was easily seen through the 15x70s.  It resembled an unresolved globular cluster and was positioned north of the location of the spiral galaxy M63, which was not visible, and the sixth-magnitude star 19 Canes Venaticorum.

http://media.skyandtelescope.com/documents/Comets_Ison_Lovejoy_LateNov.pdf

I also took a look at the bright open clusters M44, which was almost overhead between the Moon and Jupiter, and M35 with the 15x70s.

Dave Mitsky 

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Posted by Antitax on Monday, November 25, 2013 8:24 PM

   Saw it too, first through my 10x50, then throuh the C5. I suspected I had glimpsed it in the 6x30 finder; after some more dark-adaptation I confirmed it: it shows in a 30mm under city skies, helped by a large bout of very dry air, the first in weeks.

   People, definitely go for it, it's very easy under any skies with any instrument.

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 2:32 AM

I just came across this photograph that was taken that morning.  M63 is to the immediate right of Comet Lovejoy.  M51 is to the lower left of the comet.

http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/422/ljq4.jpg

Dave Mitsky

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.

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