March 22, 2010

OBSERVING REPORT OF COMET C/2009 K5 Mc Naught


On early morning of March 22nd, the sky was thankfully clear. I decided to observe the comet C/2009 K5 McNaught which shines at magnitude 9.3 in the constellation Aquila. I used my 8-inch reflecting telescope for this observation. I used two eyepieces, 40mm Plossl and 25mm Kellener. The comet was within 1 degree from a 5.5th magnitude star 28 Aquila. I set my telescope to the star and from there, around 42’ NE; I saw a bright and big glow. It was very easy to notice at first sight. I then used 25mm eyepiece giving 52x magnification but I think the comet was easy in 40mm Plossl.

-Rahul Zota

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