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Sunday, October 16, 2011


Comet C/2009 P1 Garradd - October 16, 2011

Comet C/2009 P1 Garradd imaged with the the Global-Rent-a-Scope GRAS-05 instrument on October 16. Image stretched with FITS liberator then despeckled with ImageJ. 1 x 120 second exposure.

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What's its magnitude now ? Can I see it with my 4.5 inch reflector ? If yes how would I identify it and distinguish it from stars ?
It's currently around magnitude 6.8-6.5. If you have fairly low level of light pollution, it should be very obvious in binoculars, let alone a 4.5 inch reflector as a fuzzy extended object with a hint of a tail.

A spotters chart is here
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