Beautiful clear, still, moonless night here in Edinburgh so decided to do some galaxy hunting for the first time with the OVNI-B, 18” F4 dob, 67/55 Televue combo and Astronomik 642 BP IR pass filter.
Suffice to say had a wonderful night out for 3 hours (longest viewing stint for me) seeing a number of objects for the first time and all from a heavily light polluted city centre back garden. Most notable were M82, M81 (stunning), the Leo triplet, Needle, Blackeye and Whirlpool galaxies to name but a few. We’re not talking Hubble quality views but sufficient to whet my appetite to find a dark sight and hopefully even brighter views after lockdown (not sure if I should also invest in a Baader 685 filter or will that be similar to the 642?).
Anyway, towards the end of the session I was randomly scanning the sky above the top of Orion. No idea where, but I stumbled across something that looked like a comet; a shuttlecock shaped faint fuzzy ball with a prominent fuzzy tail. Not very long, I’d say about 4 times the length of the width of the core if that makes sense.
Any idea what this may have been?