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Saturday, October 14

Comet M4 Swan now visible in binoculars


Comet M4 Swan is now visible in binoculars in the North West in early evening from around 20:00 BST. Look out for a fuzzy 6th magnitude "star". Currently between The Plough and Bootes, Heavens Above has a finder chart which is updated daily. I took this image, which is a total of 37 minutes exposure, Saturday night. Notice how the stars have trailed as I tracked the comet moving through the field of view. The height of this image is about 1/2 degree. I could not see the tail visually in 10x50 binoculars or the 80mm refractor, only in the image.

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  1. Nice photo Robin. Hopefully the weather will hold for this evening and I'll have a look with the binoculars.

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  2. I managed to spot the comet in 10x50 binoculars, through slight haze and the lights of Cockermouth. Should be relatively easy under clear dark skies.

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