Comet C/2002 T7 (Linear) in the morning sky
Posted 22 April 2004 - 08:01 AM
Anyway, to borrow an expression from deceased PAS member Archie Estopinal - "Barry, there's just too much haze", the attempt was futile. The sky was just too murky. Oh well, maybe tomorrow morning. If it is clear, I will walk the block to the park near my house where I can get a horizon down to 2 to 3 degrees if I set up on it's west side. They just cut the grass yesterday so that is a big plus!
Some of you that read this forum are in great locations so give it a try and tell us what you see! Try to find the comet before May 3rd, at which time the Moon starts to intrude.
Posted 22 April 2004 - 08:23 AM
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Posted 22 April 2004 - 11:17 AM
The link below leads to a fine photo of Linear taken yesterday from Kitt Peak.
It was taken through a 76mm. Televue F6.5 refractor. and is now on the APOD (astronomy picture of the day).
Should make a fine binocular object if you have the clear horizon and can get up early.
Posted 22 April 2004 - 11:27 AM
Posted 22 April 2004 - 08:23 PM
I posted this in the planetary (solar system) observing forum on 4/20 and got no response except from a dedicated comet hunter. I should have known that the interest would be here with the binocular users...
The weather was decent here over the weekend so I spent three mornings searching for Comet LINEAR in the AM sky--it's a tough object to spot, folks. It is low in the morning haze (~10-12 deg alt.at 6:00AM) and the skyglow from the Sun below the horizon washes out all the guide stars pretty fast.
The last time I saw LINEAR C/2002T7 was the evening of 2/19 about 1 1/2 deg. from Algenib (gamma Pegasi) in Pegasus--since that time I was surprised to find that it hasn't moved too far from Algenib--still within about 15 deg to the SE.
The comet is now mag 2.6 near omega Pisci just NE of the circlet in Pisces. I'm trying to key off of Algenib but the problem is Algenib is mag 2.8 and I'm having trouble locating and tracking it in the morning glow, much less the comet. To complicate matters, there's a mountain blocking the first 10deg of horizon.
With Pisces rising 4 minutes earlier and the sun coming up a minute or two earlier every morning, I don't know what else to do except go out and look for it with my fingers crossed. :-) The duty's not too bad--listening to the owls calling to each other, the turkey gobblers up in the woods, a rooster off in the distance, and since Tuesday a wood thrush.
I'm scanning with 10x50 binocs and hoping to put my rich field 4.25" reflector on it once I locate it. Has anyone else been trying to see this comet in the morning sky?
Posted 23 April 2004 - 07:03 AM
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Posted 23 April 2004 - 03:14 PM
This next link is fun because it gives you real time imagery that is constantly updated-http://soho.nascom.nasa.gov/data/realtime/c3/512/
Hope this is helpful to some one.
P.S. You can just copy and paste these links to your browser address line then click go.