Ambient: 13C, mild, 8mph westerly wind, ~40 per cent cloud cover, seeing good as deduced by fine double star images down to ~1.5”
Instrument: 180mm f/15 Maksutov Cassegrain
I enjoyed a feast of colour contrast doubles with the Maksutov earlier in the evening, the cooling breeze faithfully keeping the dew at bay. As a double star enthusiast, I am continually thrilled with its high resolution, high-magnification performance.
I then turned Cornelia on Mu Cephei, Herschel’s Garnet Star, at around 23:00h, when it was satisfyingly close to the zenith. Right on track, Comet Jacques was observed just west and (very excitedly!) in the same field of view at 113x as the famous ruby sun! How about that!
Thank goodness for small mercies!
Although the comet had noticeably dimmed since last sighted, it felt special witnessing this brief communion of celestial objects. It looked like the comet was closing in on the star as the minutes ran by, cloud sometimes cutting off the view, and I reckon they were at (or near) their closest around 23:30h.
It completely clouded out soon after that.
Temperature at 00:15h, 11C.
Edited by astroneil, 01 September 2014 - 05:52 AM.