View Full Version : Comets, comets everywhere

2003-Feb-04, 11:03 PM
This is from a post by Greg Crinklaw to sci.astro.amateur:

No month in recent memory has had so much to offer the comet observer as this February. There are currently five comets visible in a four inch telescope!

2002 V1 (NEAT) is currently a very nice evening binocular object. In the coming days it will brighten and should become easily visible to the unaided eye. Some observers have already reported seeing it naked eye.

C/2002 Y1 (Juels-Holvorcem)is a nice object for binoculars and small telescopes high in the morning sky.

C/2002 X5 (Kudo-Fujikawa) has passed the Sun and will return later this month in the evening sky. At that time it too should be a nice object for binoculars and small telescopes.

C/2001 RX14 (LINEAR) is visible in a 4-inch telescope high in the sky during the late evening.

C/2001 HT50 (LINEAR-NEAT) is also visible in a 4-inch telescope, observable most of the night from most locations.

154P (Brewington) is visible in the evening sky in a 6-inch telescope.

For much more information including finder charts see: http://www.skyhound.com/sh/comets.html

New Comet Chasing group: There may never be a better month to start adding telescopic comets to your regular observing schedule. I have recently created a new Yahoo discussion group dedicated to recreational comet observing. It is my hope that this group will serve as a resource for those who wish to add a little spice to their observing by including telescopic comets. Visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CometChasing/ to join.

Clear skies,

2003-Feb-04, 11:48 PM
How big is comet 2002/V1 ?