Observations of Comet NEAT Q4

First view...
     It had been rainy all week and I was finally granted some clear skies. I took my 10x50 binoculars out to see Q4. The Light pollution here in Houston, TX is awful and it was near impossible to spot it naked-eye. None of the stars in Cancer were viewable because of the light pollution. Knowing where Cancer was supposed to be and that the comet was next too the Beehive Cluster I aimed that direction. Found it!!! I took my 8" SkyQuest out and viewed it as well...

Second view...
     My sister and I went out to Columbus, TX for some dark skies. This trip would accomplish two things, one being the viewing of the comet from dark skies and two being the first dark sky test for my new 8" SkyQuest:) We setup on a back road and spotted the comet naked-eye... easily. The comet was just about the same magnitude as the Beehive cluster. Both were stunning through binoculars as they were close together. The tail was not long at all and before I was able to make detailed observations...clouds moved in! Grrrr!!!!

 

 

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