> We did manage to see comet Macholz at about 1 am... I was reading the article in SACNEWS about the discovery by Don Machholz last night. He discovered that comet while sweeping with an RV-6 that he received for Christmas in 1968! Imagine sweeping for comets with an equatorially mounted telescope. I think his success was attributed to the late-August date, when the robotic telescopes of the Southwest are shut out by clouds while Machholz enjoys clear skies in the Sierra foothills. Don's last discovery was ten years ago. He has comet hunted for at least an hour every month since he began in 1971 (I think that was the year). Tom -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.