Comet Lovejoy (C/2013 R1) in the Evening!!!!

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Comet Lovejoy (C/2013 R1) in the Evening!!!!

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As this comet is now for a while "more or less circumpolar"from here and the sky was very clear at sunset, I nipped up the park/football ground around 1750 UT and saw it less than a fov of the 8x30 Hensoldt binoculars above the northern ridge of the South Downs. Cor Caroli (alpha) Can Ven and Chara (beta) were almost horizontal, with the comet a bit further to the right of beta, appearing as a fuzzy spot. regards maf. [Obs #14]
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A second successful attempt was made to catch Comet Lovejoy in the evening on Saturday 23rd between 1747-1752 with 8x42 binos: Low in the north from the football ground/park Conditions were not as good as previously with bits of drifting cloud here and there but the asterism 19, 20, 23 Can Ven was soon located with Chara across to the right - between and slightly higher was an obvious fuzzy " ball"- Comet Lovejoy. No other details seen due to poor transparency and low altitude. [Obs #16] Regards maf
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4th December 2013: Wednesday: 1805-1812: After days of gloomy skies, the clouds parted after sunset. Went to the football ground/Park with 8x42 binoculars. Soon located the "fuzzball" that was Comet Lovejoy, between Corona Borealis main asterism (which just fitted in the 6 degree fov) and the upper part of Bootes; In the centre of a triangle consisting of mu Boo and mu and zeta Cor Bor, The Corona asterism was about a fov above the northwest horizon hills of the South Downs. On the way home at 1812 also saw it in the 8x42 when' by the garages' and near a streetlight - so long as I shielded my eyes from the direct light. Due to the low elevation/conditions etc could not see the tail though. [Obs #23]. regards maf
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Re: Comet Lovejoy (C/2013 R1) in the Evening!!!!

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Dear Mike
Well done seeing Comet Lovejoy again.
My only "interesting?" night sky view recently was when dropping off a relative one evening in south Manchester residential area last week, I saw some new LED street-lighting.
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Woohoo, two comets spotted in the one year!

After the horrendous weather up hear in Scotland overnight, this evening darkened cold and clear. Got home and went into the garden at 18:30 with the 10x50W's, and swept up Comet Lovejoy easily, now just 'above' Zeta 1 Cor Bor. The 'fuzzball' description you used, Mike, is exactly what I saw. Only had ten minutes to spare, and street lighting prevented me discerning any tail, but a good sighting, nevertheless! Not bad for a first attempt! :)

Panstarrs and now Lovejoy. If only ISON had survived, eh?

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Mark: well done! If you can manage to get up as early as 6am (or sooner) for breakfast you can see it much higher and clearer in the morning, and with the tail as well. regards maf
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Thanks for your intrepid Lovejoy reports Mike. Alas, we are plagued by cloud here and it's set to last for some time.
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Dear Mike et al(L)
(Excuse me being facetious !!!!???)
"A TA(i)L(E) of TWO COMETS"
Could these evening and morning comets -one with a tail, one without be two different comets ?
Best wishes from Sherlock Cliff (armchair comet observer).
PS Youv'e been observing far too many comets for my liking recently - am I getting envious\jealous "grrrrh!".
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Morning Cliff: It was the best of comets (Lovejoy), it was the worst of comets (ISON), it was the age of wisdom (let us wait and see!), it was the age of foolishness (a comet as bright as the Moon!)..........[with apologies to Dickens!]. ....saw Lovejoy yet again this morning!!regards maf
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9 Dec Monday evening: 1810-1815 +1820. To the Park/football ground again. Sky very clear but with Moon in SW. Soon found Comet as a fuzzy-smudgy-star near sigma Cor Bor about 9 degrees above distant hills. On the way home, near the street-light (shielded by my hand) saw comet and field stars again. regards maf [Obs #29]

10 Dec Tuesday evening: 1815-1820. To park/football pitch with 8x42 binoculars. Cold and damp, with Moon high in south in v clear sky but rather murky/misty low down. Soon located nu 1+2 and sigma Cor Bor and the comet somewhat beyond sigma now, only as a fuzz-smudge (due to poor transparency) low in the northwest. regards maf [Obs #31]
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