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 Post subject: Spotting Comet C/2014 E4 Jacques (from indoors!)
PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:16 am 
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Last night (or actually in the early hours of this morning) I managed to spot another "new" (to me) comet: C/2014 E4 Jacques.
It passed perihelion at the start of this month, and should now be visible from the Northern hemisphere before sunrise. It's currently in Auriga not far from Capella, so it's low down in the NE at around 3am. This region of the sky is obscured by tall trees from my garden in Bolton, but there's a much better view in that direction from where I'm staying down in the Wye Valley (and there's no light-pollution here either).
This morning I happened to wake just before 3am and saw that the sky was clear - and even better, I could clearly see Capella and "the kids" from a window at the front of the house. So I got out my Helios 15x70 binoculars and opened up the SkySafariPlus app on my Nexus7 on the window-sill to have a look for it.
File comment: Comet Jacques on 31-Jul (from Cartes du Ciel program)
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Even hand-holding my binoculars it was fairly easy to star-hop to the target, where I could see an obvious fuzzy blob around 6th magnitude. :D
And as there was an old Celestron 60mm f/11.6 achromat on a tripod in the room with me, I had a go with that too and soon managed to find the comet with a 25mm eyepiece.

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