Did I find the Atlas comet?
Posted 10 April 2020 - 07:36 AM
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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.
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.