Comet Lovejoy on the Morning of Thanksgiving

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Comet Lovejoy on the Morning of Thanksgiving
Posted by DaveMitsky on Thursday, November 28, 2013 5:02 AM

This morning I observed Comet C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy) for the seventh time from my red zone backyard using Celestron Regal 8x42, Celestron Ultima 10x50, and Burgess Optical 15x70 binoculars.  Conditions were poor.  It was windy and cold and the sky was a patchwork of rapidly moving clouds. 

The fifth-magnitude comet was visible through the 8x42s but was best seen through the 15x70s.  It was positioned about seven degrees southeast of the second-magnitude B3 V star Alkaid (Eta Ursae Majoris), the easternmost star in the handle of the Big Dipper, as illustrated in the current finder chart posted at http://media.skyandtelescope.com/documents/Comets_Ison_Lovejoy_LateNov.pdf

I also viewed the bright open clusters M44 and M35, the only deep-sky objects visible from my horizon-challenged patio enclosure at the time, with the 10x50s and 15x70s.

Dave Mitsky 

Sic itur ad astra!

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

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