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    Default Comet Catalina??



    Hey guys, I've just read that a comet named Comet Catalina can be seen on the telescope, leaving the Solar System! At about 5-6 in the morning, in Virgo! And that it can be seen in the telescope! I found it in Stellarium too! Has anyone seen it on the scope? I would try for it today because finally I have a day of partially clear sky! Can someone more knowledgeable tell me if I could try for it with my 5 inch dob? And what should I expect to see, and search on 25mm or higher magnification or what? It would be a real treat, they say it has a tail of 800.000 kms, and is easy to see in a telescope. Any thoughts??
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    Default Re: Comet Catalina??

    There have been several threads on this over the past few days. So far the general consensus is that it is visible as a smudge with no tail visible to the naked eye.

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    Default Re: Comet Catalina??

    Mark's comments are correct. I located Catalina early last Sunday morning low on the horizon in twilight with a 130mm refractor. It was around 4.5 degrees from Venus at the time. You can see it but it's just a smudge. Although it will dim from what I read, it's climbing higher and should be worthwhile in January around the 10th and 12th. I plan to image this comet if possible.

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    Default Re: Comet Catalina??

    Smudge or not, it's there! Is the refractor better than a dob or can I see it on my 130 dob too? I will wake up at 6 in the morning, I am hoping for clear skies! I would also like to see that string of galaxies if I am there, all 8 and 9 magnitude, do you think I could catch them with my gear?
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    Default Re: Comet Catalina??

    Quote Originally Posted by milanpicard View Post
    Smudge or not, it's there! Is the refractor better than a dob or can I see it on my 130 dob too? I will wake up at 6 in the morning, I am hoping for clear skies! I would also like to see that string of galaxies if I am there, all 8 and 9 magnitude, do you think I could catch them with my gear?
    You should see it with your gear. If the clouds ever clear I plan on using my 5.5" scope...(Comet Catcher of course )
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    Oh boy oh boy, I can hardly wait for 6 AM Wish me luck, guys!!
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    Good luck! I really would like to see this, but the weather forecast is not cooperating.
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    Default Re: Comet Catalina??

    Hi Mal
    I spotted it in my 10x50 binos a few days ago at my location about 4:00 a.m is a prime time but that's in the heart
    of the the U.S. It appeared as a light smudge of diffused light.On Jan. 1 it will be right next to Arctaurus in booties
    it should be very visible ? Weather permitting here I will try to lock on it with my 16" .
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    Default Re: Comet Catalina??

    Good luck on Catalina. I've seen it 3 times with my 15x70, pretty it would be piece of cake with your telescope as long as you have good transparency.

    In my binos looks like a circular smudge of cottonish appearance. Like a globular cluster with no stars resolved inside.
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    WOOOHOOOO!!! I almost wet my pants when I went out this morning at 5.50 and saw a clear sky, Hercules, Bootes and Virgo just lining up! Let's get the weapon!! I put the red dot finder on, and there it was in about 2 minutes, exactly the way you described it, like a globular cluster, a grey little smudge! I had to consult the star chart in the morning to make sure it wasn't a glob! But it was Catalinaa! Great experience!

    And while I was at it I thought I would hunt myself down some good globulars (I penned a sketch in the evening for them on a paper) I was anxious, I'd only seen one globular cluster, M15 before and I was just dying to see some more. And with no difficulty there they were, M3, M5, M13! Whoo!! Not big, just faint grey smudges but it is the find that counts, right? And then the clouds covered everything like a curtain at the end of a show!

    I dunno about you guys, but I have just got my Christmas-present early!
    Thanx a lot for the useful info for Catalina, it blew away my doubds.
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