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Snaggy

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Icon 10 posted January 01, 2005 12:17      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
This month we have a new celestial visitor... comet Machholz.

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/1060.html

Picutre:
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap041213.html

Sounds like it will be hard to see, especially in urban areas, but perhaps worth a peek

and here's the story of how Don Machholz found it....
http://ephemeris.sjaa.net/0410/b.html

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garlicguy

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Icon 1 posted January 01, 2005 18:12      Profile for garlicguy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Thanks for the info, Snaggy. Just goes to show what a tiny little bit of *quality* technology (the 6", f8 reflector scope), and a whole lot of dedication and experience can accomplish.
I'll be sharing these articles with our high school senior - he's taking astronomy. Also, it is a good reminder that not everything that is old is ready for the junk heap. Thank God! [Big Grin]

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Snaggy

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Icon 14 posted January 05, 2005 14:59      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hey I saw the comet a couple nights ago.. it's just near the Pleiades... you'll probaly need binocs to see it. No tail to speak of... just a bluish blob, but still pretty neat.
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Cap'n Vic

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I looked the other night, but no luck [ohwell]

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GMx

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Icon 1 posted January 05, 2005 16:57      Profile for GMx     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Snaggy:
Hey I saw the comet a couple nights ago.. it's just near the Pleiades... you'll probaly need binocs to see it. No tail to speak of... just a bluish blob, but still pretty neat.

Any spaceships hiding behind it? If not, then I won't have to go out and buy that pair of black Nikes. [Wink]
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Snaggy

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Icon 3 posted January 11, 2005 18:11      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Nitro and I saw it again last night, just "above" the Pleiades. it was extremely faint naked eye... you could see it with averted vision, but only if you knew where to (not) look.

Through binocs it had the slightest indication of a tail. More like a general direction the fuzz wasn't. If you get a chance, take a peek!

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Icon 13 posted January 15, 2005 18:37      Profile for Twinkle Toes   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I'd probably be able to view it from my bedroom window if there wasn't such an overcast here [ohwell] .

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Icon 1 posted January 15, 2005 18:42      Profile for merr   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Is it still out there?? I want to go see it!

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TonyRad
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Yeah, I'd like to see it... but it's kinda hard to see comets when you live downtown Fort Wayne and if it's as faint as your saying, guess I'm out of luck there. Maybe I'll catch the next one.

--Tony Rad

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