Comet C/2013 US10 Catalina Alive and Well!

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WCGucfa
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Comet C/2013 US10 Catalina Alive and Well!

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Greetings from the realm of cold mornings! A pleasant 25 degrees this one.

I'm pleased to report that Comet Catalina is healthy and bright, shining low in the eastern sky at mag. 4.8!
I found it this morning after a couple of failures due to poor timing with the brightening horizon.
Another problem was trying to find it with my 8x40 WA binoculars, thinking it would just pop right out. Nope!
In the smaller binos it was just another very faint star. They did help me locate the proper star field on my maps.

It was just a matter of setting up my 25x100 Celestron monster binoculars, and there Catalina was! It closely resembled M15.
No averted vision was necessary. I could just see a slight tail.
Now that I know where Catalina is, it's time to warm up the camera. This comet is climbing higher and will get a little brighter,
showing off soon by passing within a half degree of Arcturus during its visit!
This is my 39th snowball, and well worth a little frostbite!

Bill G.
Comets:40, 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-9 mag.,SN2011fe,N2012aw,DelphN2013.
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Re: Comet C/2013 US10 Catalina Alive and Well!

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very good to hear. tomorrow morning seems like it's going to be prime time for this comet. I am prepared to be cold.
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Re: Comet C/2013 US10 Catalina Alive and Well!

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Hi Bill,
I spotted Catalina at 5 and watched it until around 5:30, patting myself on the back for switching to the
25x100's. I almost gave up with the 8x40's.

I heard there may be a little more humidity tomorrow morning. Fingers are crossed!
I hope we don't get enough cloud to mess up the Venus occultation! :shock:

Bill G.
Comets:40, 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-9 mag.,SN2011fe,N2012aw,DelphN2013.
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