Thursday, January 15, 2015

Comet Lovejoy 01-15-2015

I finally saw Comet Lovejoy tonight at 8:48 pm a few degrees west of Aldebaran--pretty much where the Sky and Telescope map said it would be (no surprise!), I was using some very inexpensive 7x50 binoculars. The sky was clear, but with a slight haze that scattered the lights of the town. The comet was fuzzy with a brighter, starlike nucleus. I could not really see the tail and the comet itself was barely visible against the background of the sky.

Unfortunately, snow and ice prevent me from getting a scope out to take a closer look and perhaps capture an image. That's the tough part of Indiana astronomy--it's always bitter cold and snowy during the best part of the year for observing.