Jeremy, beautiful sketch as always. I think the XT8 is serving you well. It's all those trips over washboard roads I gave it--and the dust baths! On Sat, Jan 3, 2009 at 1:25 AM, Jeremy Perez <jeremy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > Comet 144P/Kushida is riding high in Taurus now, but the moon is > sneaking up on it. I observed it over the last couple nights and > found it sliding past a linear arrangement of four stars. It appeared > as a soft, evenly round disc with a degree of condensation of about > 3. On Thursday night Jan 1/2, it was difficult to analyze for > symmetry, since the core was resting within a few arc seconds of a > 13th magnitude star. At that time, its diameter appeared to be about > 3 to 4 arc minutes. I observed it again 2 hours and 15 minutes later > that night and noticed eastward movement of about 1.5 arc minutes. > > Tonight, Jan 2/3, it had moved about 15 arc minutes to the east- > southeast. The moon was brighter, and the coma appeared a bit smaller > as a result, but it was still symmetrical. It should still be > fluorescing at 8th or 9th magnitude toward the end of the month as > the moon swings back out of the way. Give it a look if you have the > opportunity. > > The sketch and additional details can be found here: > http://www.perezmedia.net/beltofvenus/archives/001297.html > > Clear skies, > Jeremy > http://beltofvenus.perezmedia.net > -- > See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please > send personal replies to the author, not the list. > > -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.