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tgtaylor
20-Dec-2014, 09:39
If you can get to a dark sky Comet Lovejoy will be a Christmas treat: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/binocular-comet-lovejoy-heading-c2014-q2-lovejoy-1211142/

Thomas

tgtaylor
23-Dec-2014, 13:32
Tonight's the night for northern California: good observing conditions which will deteriorate tomorrow night due to an approaching system. I'm going to take the 16x70 Fujinon's, the Parallagram mount (http://www.telescope.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=5376&utm_source=google&utm_medium=comparisonshopping&utm_campaign=US-googlemerchant&kpid=5376&gclid=CPfv8POA3cICFYpcfgodeDIAyA, sky chart and chair.

See ya out there!

Thomas

hoffner
23-Dec-2014, 14:38
Please let us know. My Swiss friend whom I contacted (he's living on high mountains) could not see anything even with good binoculars.

tgtaylor
23-Dec-2014, 15:07
Scroll down on this link http://earthsky.org/todays-image/watch-for-comet-lovejoy and you will see images captured with a standard camera in metro Hong Kong and then a closer image with a 300mm camera lens in Madrid.

Thomas

gleaf
23-Dec-2014, 20:50
Oh for some clear sky....

tgtaylor
24-Dec-2014, 09:15
Well it's no Hale Bopp but I managed to find it last night a little west of the star Wazn in the constellation Columbia. Very faint in 7x50 binoculars and, IMO, definetly not viable from a urban setting. I was at a "reasonable" dark sky location at an elevation of about 3000 ft in HenryCoe state park. Will try again in January when the comet will be brighter. I would estimate it at magnitude 7 last night.

Thomas

tgtaylor
24-Dec-2014, 09:22
BTW, SkySafari 4 Pro is killer.

Thomas