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Comet Linear, Second Sighting, 7/6/01

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Posted by Bob Sal on July 6, 2001 13:59:30 UTC

Hi All;
Got up 3:00 AM. Same routine, sweatshirt, sneakers and 15x70 binos. The Full Moon was to close for comfort. It may as well have been daylight. Had trouble finding it. My fault, thought I didn't need the map again. It moved much more than I expected. Had to go back in and get the map. It should be just below the square, right in the middle. I looked for the area naked eye first, didn't expect to see it and didn't. I looked with the Binos, GOT IT! Right away, pointed the binos right at it, no searching. It looked much dimmer tonight, but the moon had a lot to do with that. There seemed to be a bright spot in the middle off center. Still nice and round. Now it could have been my imagination but I swear I could see the tail. It was long and angled to the right. I'm not sure, how could I see it in all that glare. It's possible I never got up at all and the whole thing was a dream. But I let the dog out earlier and the dog poop on my sneakers this morning confirmed it wasn’t a dream (maybe just the tail). Anyway, it looks like clear skies tonight and a long observing session. I’ll be waiting up, must see it in the scope. I’ll be looking at lots of double stars tonight after the moon comes up. The magazines often give long list of beautiful doubles to look for. I also use the Cambridge Star Atlas which gives long list on the opposite page as the maps. It’s a great book for about $20. Clear Skies.
That’s it;
BOB SAL

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