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Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks

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Well I never expected to get a view of 12P this early - but I did this evening! At around 18.45, conditions were atrocious, rolling clouds and hazy misty sky, but got in the area and waited for a patch. With my 4" F5 was not sure at x19, but at x40 in a 12.5 ortho. it popped out. Compared to recent views with comet H2, it was smaller and much less diffuse, so I thought easier to observe - a brighter ball.  As to brightness, I'd say around 9th magnitude or brighter. Even in the less than perfect seeing conditions, it was relatively easy to spot. This is hopefully going to be a fine comet to view approaching Christmas, although not sure how long this present outburst will last, so grab a chance. ☄️

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Another view of comet 12P this evening, in better conditions. Again x40 mag. and it was still readily visible. I'm unsure if it has faded since Saturday, it might have a bit, but given the influence of the brightening Moon, I think it must be holding up quite well. Some intriguing new images of the comet on Spaceweather.com


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