Monday, December 17, 2018
Comet 46P Wirtanen at its closest to Earth (16-17 December 2018)
After days of cloud and rain I finally got to see 46P again tonight. Star hopping to the comet was much easier, once I had done a bit of dark adadption, as the Pleiades made and obvious signpost, but even with the moonlight comet 46P was readily see as a large fuzzy patch. Despite being closer and more bright it was not as obvious as the first time, due to the Moonlight, but still obvious. The justaposition of the comet and Pleaides was marvellous. Like last time, the sketch is a bit wobbly from trying to juggle sketch pad, binoculars and red light torch, but not too bad.
Trying to get some camera images now, hope the cloud stays away.