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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2005 19:47:43 EDT
Subject: Tempel 1 much brighter

Hi all,

I just got a glimpse of Comet Tempel 1 this evening - I think! I was 
observing from the Castlereagh Hills, S of Belfast, using 30x80 binocs, and a 127mm 
Skywatcher Maksutov. But I was fighting gradually encroaching horizontal bands 
of cloud, which made observing very difficult. I got several glimpses between 
22.40 and 22.45 UT.

I could see something which wasn't on the star chart, in just the right 
position, but to be honest I couldn't see it as a comet, since the sky backgound 
was too bright. And with the drifting bands of cloud, I couldn't make a reliable 
magnitude estimate, but I think it was between 7.0 and 7.5. However, as it 
was very near the limit of visibility, even in the 125mm, when I defocused to 
try to compare with nearby stars I could no longer see it, so that's not a 
reliable estimate at all.

Then the clouds covered the whole area, although it was still beautifully 
clear higher up, and indeed clear right down to the horizon in the North!

Since there's nothing else there in that part of the sky, it could only have 
been the comet, but I can barely regard it as a 'positive' observation.

Did anyone else see it?

And weren't the pictures from the orbiter and the impactor absolutely superb?

Clear skies for tomorrow night!

Terry Moseley


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