Comet Johnson

Quentin, Mike, Wallace and I saw the comet last night at Wallace’s neighborhood park. Nice dim glow a little east and north of Izar; exactly where the chart showed it to be. Its at Mag 7 and not a naked eye object but we viewed it through Mike’s ETX125, Wallace’s 12X80 binoculars, and Quentin’s new Celestron CPC8. Seeing was a little shaky but good enough to split Izar. Transparency was good and we took in the Sombrero, Cat’s Eye, NGC5866, Beehive, and Jupiter. Several slow meteors and two passes of the ISS! One almost occulted Jupiter and the other was low to the North through the trees. Dew shut us down around 10PM. Really nice – if short – impromptu night.

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