Observations of Comet NEAT Q4
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...
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!!!!