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#1 Guest_**DONOTDELETE**_*

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Posted 05 July 2005 - 01:02 PM

Several months back when we were discussing Comet Macholz, someone provided a link to a very useful site that listed comets with viewing charts showing their position throughout the month, which hemisphere they could viewed from, and the type of instrument you would need to observe them. I have searched the Binocular forum archives without success. Anyone know the site?

#2 Craig Simmons

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Posted 05 July 2005 - 01:08 PM

This one?

http://www.skyhound.com/sh/comets.html

#3 Skylook123

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Posted 05 July 2005 - 01:18 PM

Here's a pair that I use. The first has a link to recent observations, fider charts, and ephemerides. The second is the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center source of comet ephemerides in 17 different formats downloadable into many planetarium programs. I use the first to learn of any current comets brighter than magnitude 12, and I use the second to generate coordinates for my Sky Commander. The last couple of nights it's nailed 9P/Tempel 1 within 3 arcminutes, so I could go right to it in a 254X 9mm Nagler.

Comet Observation Home Page

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Posted 05 July 2005 - 01:57 PM

That's the one!

Many thanks.

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Posted 05 July 2005 - 02:04 PM

The first one looks promising. The second looks like coordinates to plug into GoTo telescopes. I'm strictly binos at this stage of my hobby.

Thanks for the links.

#6 PRESTON

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Posted 05 July 2005 - 02:58 PM

http://www.shopplaza...mets/comets.htm

is a good link to detailed charts for various comets as well as comparision stars labaled for estimating magnitude


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