Tonight (6/23) I confirmed Comet McNaught is easily visible on the northern horizon at 5th magnitude!
The sky finally cleared enough to spot Capella, Alpha Aurigae
and to the left of that Beta Aurigae
. I spotted these with my
8x40 binoculars and figured it was time to dig out the 25x100's. This is the magnification I use mostly when
imaging through the scope so if McNaught was visible it would be with these binocs.
Sure enough, as soon as I set up the tripod, I easily found Beta Auriga and moved the field to the right and there
floated the familiar fuzzy "star." I couldn't see the comet with the 8x40's.
In the coming nights McNaught will be passing over Beta, becoming brighter and slightly higher and visible
for a longer period of time. The map below is for Friday evening around 2130hrs.
My goal, of course, is to try to obtain an image. Now that the stage is set, it should be easy if the weather
McNaught was 6 to 3 degrees above the horizon during my observations from about 2130 to 2210 hrsEDT .
On Friday it should be visible from 8 degrees until setting, if the sky is clear.
Note: Be sure to maximize this page to view FULL map.
Bill G.06/25/2010. Position of Comet McNaught
Comets:33, Best Meteor shwr: Leonids '01, Best Aurora:Oct. '03.
Total.Sol.Eclipse,7/10/72 from Nova Scotia.Annular Sol. Eclipse '94,
Trans.of Venus 2004&2012.,ShoeLevy crash into Jupiter '94.
4/25/66 fireball, 30sec,15min trn,-9 mag.,SN2011fe,N2012aw.