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Comet 17P/Holmes visible to the naked eye.

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Just checking the Comet Chasing Site and found this: :shock: :shock:

17P/Holmes: An all-night comet visible to the naked eye

This comet is in super outburst, having brightened by many magnitudes on the night of October 24. It is currently (as of 17:00 UT October 24) in Perseus at magnitude 2.8 (and brightening!).

http://www.cometchasing.skyhound.com/index.html

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Just popped out for a look and its amazing. The whole sky is lit up with a kind of orangey grey colour just like when its all cloudy.

I hope it lasts long enough to get a glimpse of it.

Kaptain Klevtsov

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I'm totaly socked in with low cloud here and looking at the latest infra red sat images I havent a prayer of it clearing tonight.

or for the next few nights at least :smiley:

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Ack, it's at about 50 deg altitude in the east at about 10:30 tonight, unfortunately so is most of the cloud in the northern hemisphere it seems :smiley::evil::(

Waiting..........

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Thought I'd let you guys know tonight looks pretty good tonight for seeing the comet.

Might be some broken cloud about but the weather front is moving SE pretty quick.

SE england though will be a hit and miss affair though.

Kain

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Looking good here tonight...I'll pop out with my big bins later.. :smiley:

Here's a map of the location..

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Managed to see it last night before the clouds moved in. Used 8x30 binos to confirm I had correct target then used the 5ins Refactor at 40x and 120x. Bigger than Jupiter and the central coma has a large disc round it with clear edges and a star was visible through the disc ( it moved slightly during time of viewing). I thought the central coma had a slight 'tail' off to it's left, but not certain. Will try photo asap.

Old Codger.

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