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mdstuart

Comet variable nebula and galaxies

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Made the most of a rare clear night with the bug dob tonight.

C/2017 T2 Panstarrs is looking bright with a short tail near the Perseus double cluster.

Had another look at the Hubble variable nebula. Again bright and looks like a comet with a fan tail.

I did check out a few galaxies. Tonight's haul included NGC 2513, NGC 2543, NGC 2535, NGC 2599 and NGC 2492.

NGC 2599 was particularly bright. Here is an image from the internet of this fine galaxy which looked to have a stellar core to my eyes.

NGC_2599_SDSS.thumb.jpg.70d6f3fc8c511d64908d05195fc2800b.jpg

Good to be out observing again. 

Mark

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Great report Mark - I am glad you are enjoying your 20" Dob even though clear skies have been in short supply.

I forgot all about the Comet so its placement nearby the Double Cluster should make it easier to track down.

Hopefully, I will be able to take out the 12" Dob over the next few nights.

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