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    Found this link that may help to find the thing. There's also a few other comets listed

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    Sorry I didn't know it was gona post so big
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    Maybe a mod can come along and delete it so that us Firefox users don't have broken forums.
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    Sorry I didn't know it was gona post so big
    Lol, I need to open it up in IE to get access to the off switch.

    There ya go, back to FF for me.
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    Hey guys,

    I found another chart locating the comet, maybe this will help also.

    http://earthsky.org/wp-content/uploa...et-Hartley.jpg
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    Yep,
    I was looking in the correct field & nothing....................Plenty of stars but nothing fuzzy or had a halo etc....It must be the tiniest comet ever....................The ring nebula looks HUGE compared to this thing apparently. I can see that in even my 40mm eyepiece.
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    http://media.skyandtelescope.com/ima...artley2-bw.jpg

    It is really small, but it's coma is 150,000 miles in diameter, that is what you see, so it's very, very dim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by astronut View Post
    Yep,
    I was looking in the correct field & nothing....................Plenty of stars but nothing fuzzy or had a halo etc....It must be the tiniest comet ever....................The ring nebula looks HUGE compared to this thing apparently. I can see that in even my 40mm eyepiece.
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    Actually, it looks bigger than the ring nebula. Also, for me it looks about the same size through 15x70 binos as it does at 80x.
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    Tracking it now with the Orion Mak 127. I can see it in that scope with averted vision.

    When I looked at in the big dob the other night, and complained that the view wasn't substantially better than the Mak, I take that back now. I built myself a laser collimator, and when I chucked it into the dob focus tube, the beam was hitting the main mirror a couple of inches away from the center, and the return beam was at the edge of the secondary. Now that the big one is properly collimated, the comet is a lot brighter. It is very possible that it is brighter than the other night, but I wouldn't swear such in front of a judge.

    This is fun, following the progress of the comet across the sky. Is there a 3d graphic somewhere of its passage through the solar system?
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