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Did I find the Atlas comet?

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#1 rhetfield

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Posted 10 April 2020 - 07:36 AM

Was out last night (Thursday). I know I was looking in the right spot. Saw an object in the right location. Using a 5" F5 dob in bortle 7 skies, I saw a slightly greenish object that looked more like a star than a fuzzy at 65 mag. Problem is that my limited phone app shows an unidentified star almost on top of the comet. I only saw one object there. Which one was it?
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Posted 14 April 2020 - 06:38 PM

I cannot confirm I saw it but noted the position as of last evening was near the star 1 Lynx maybe 2 or 3 minutes due east.  I was using my 10X42 Canon IS binoculars.  I could see a hazy spot with averted vision.  I am in Bortle 8-9 sky.  As I said, this would be a possible detection but would need follow up.  The general direction is nearly equal distance between Polaris and Capella but not a perfect straight line between them.  I was estimating about 1 degree above the straight line and nearly in the middle of that straight line but a bit closer to Capella.  Again, east from the reddish star 1 Lynx and near 36 Cam.  It is listed in Camelopardalis.  I was looking in Sky Safari 6 Pro on my phone.  Others with bigger scopes can pinpoint for sure but if it is 6th magnitude, it is faint.  

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Posted 14 April 2020 - 08:27 PM

I observed it last night with my 12" dob, it was pretty faint, I don't see how anyone could view it with binoculars,  unless they were really large. In order to confirm that it was the comet that I saw, and not some faint fuzzy that's not listed on my star charts, I looked at it again an hour later and it had moved.




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