C2012 K5 (LINEAR)
Posted 05 January 2013 - 12:12 AM
Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:35 AM
Notable for this session, C/2012 K5 (Linear), Ceres and Beta Tau formed a nearly perfect equilateral triangle (about 2° on each side).
Posted 05 January 2013 - 08:09 PM
Had to keep El Nath out of the field of view to see the comet. It was little more than a slight brightening of the background darkness. Little shape was visible.
Frankfort KY USA
Posted 06 January 2013 - 12:25 AM
Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:39 PM
Posted 08 January 2013 - 04:41 PM
Will try to recover with 6 inch f/5 and Binoviewers...hey, its binocular viewing if not binoculars.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:13 AM
Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:30 AM
Lately I've noticed a difficulty that never bothered me much before. A very dim star will appear not as a point of light but as a small blur. Arduous averted vision may or may not reveal a tendency of light to momentarily concentrate within the blur. A search for a dim extended, but small, object is likely to be inconclusive--at the threshold of visibility, you can't be sure you're not looking at a star.
That might be "Deep Sky 101", but I'm newly impressed by it. Comets are sort of an exception. Last night, my only candidate for the comet failed to move--not good! It was fun anyhow. Exciting even. Can somebody explain that?
Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:07 PM
Good to see so many binocular comet observations. This was a good one and you will seldom see one with so rapid a movement.
I looked for it the evening of the 12th (13th UT) with my 12x36 IS II's but was unable to detect it. I had a good chart from Skyhound and was looking at the right spot. Transparency was poor which was a contributing factor but it may have faded enough so that it is beyond the reach of those binoculars.