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Old 21-12-2011, 03:26 AM
Ian Cooper
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7.5 degree tail!

What a difference a day makes! Get out of bed everyone. It is well worth the effort!

The naked-eye tail was sticking above the twilight as soon as my bleary eyes looked in that direction. Like a smaller, fainter version of Ikeya-Seki.

I took some exposures on my Fuji Finepix S9500. I also, in my excitement, managed to stuff the focus on my best exposed shot.
Here are my best frames. No doubt we will see a lot better from others soon. 15.16 U.T. was 4.16 a.m. local Daylight Time.

When the coma actually rose I could see no sign of the nucleus in 10 x 50 bino's.

This is looking like a fine comet, even without a head!


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