quote:Originally posted by snipes:quote:Originally posted by The Old Man:
It was excellent Tuesday. If you can get any type of telescope out there--do so. I used my more portable 80mm refractor. At the least binoculars are a must. The best for all around astronomy use are 7x50s.
Will it still be visible tonight at roughly the same distances you mentioned previously?
The moon will be well above it--about 15% (which you can guessimate by outstretching your hand with "devil's finger" and closing one eye.) Also the moon moves about 15% a day, so it will no longer be a guide. Best bet is to be in a fairly dark suburban sky. Look straight west about 20 degrees up and scan with binoculars. The darker the location the better and if you're out where it's really dark you may spot it with the naked eye. Kind of looks like a medium bright star with a 2 to 4 degree tail pointing up. For "size" reference the moon is 1/2 a degree in size.
The good news a Comet Ison is still expected to be a spectacular naked eye comet by December.