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Comet C/2009 P1 Garradd

Comet C/2009 P1 Garradd is currently the brightest visible comet in UK skies and easily detectable as a faint grey luminous smudge in 8x or 10x binoculars or a moderate 3″ /80mm telescope. It is currently around magnitude 8 and very slowly brightening as it moves west above Delphinus and on into Sagitta through August. It should be at its brightest in September and will be visible in the UK through to March. There have been some great photographs already including images of the comet passing the globular cluster M15 and a superb close-up by Nick Howes (see below) which was taken on the 7th August. Nick’s image was taken using a TMB 105 refractor and includes 3 hours of exposure time to reveal the coma glowing green with cyanogen gas and a nice extended tail. When the current full moon has faded this will be a superb object to observe in the August night sky.

Observed 14-8-11 10.30pm using Equinox 80mm apo with 20mm eyepiece in very difficult conditions with a near full moon rising through Aquarius in the south. The comet was visible as a very faint grey smudge using averted vision. The comet is located just above and to the west of the lovely orange-yellow double star Gamma Delphini which is easily split in the 80mm scope.

Location of Comet c/2009 P1 Garadd on 14-8-11 – Stellarium 0.11.0

Comet C/2009 P1 Garradd by Nick Howes 7-8-11

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