Tuesday, January 12, 2016


Location:  Front Deck, Little Lepreau, NB, Canada

Date Time:  January, 12, 2016 0500hrs-0730hrs

Weather:  A very cool -8C with a reported windchill of -16C.  No wind at 0500hrs, strong gusts started after 0530hrs then died off after about 15 minutes .  Mostly clear.

Equipment:  Canadian Telescopes 80 ED/APO on Vixen Alt/Az mount with 19mm eyepiece.  Canon Rebel Xsi with 18-55mm and 75-300mm lens, all mounted on a tripod.

Attendance:  Myself.

Objective:  To view and image Comet Catalina which was reported to be in between Arcturus in Bootes and Alkaid in Ursa Major.


  • Skies were very dark with no Moon, and the windchill made it a rather cold morning to be outside.
  • The Comet was difficult to find, possibly because it was so high up in the sky.  Didn't show up right away in long exposure images, then after setting up telescope and pointing to where the star chart said it should be, still had a very hard time finding it.  After processing images, later, the Comet was in the middle of the field of view.  Not sure yet why it was so hard to locate in eyepiece field of view.  The Comet was never located in eyepiece, and was not visible to me naked eye.
  • Jupiter shone very brightly in the SW during observing time.
  • Corona Borealis and Hercules with its spectacular M13 globular cluster were low in the East during observing time.
  • Corvus the Crow was observed in the SSW during observing time.
  • Saturn and Venus could be seen through the trees on the SE horizon near the end of observing time.  Images were taken.
  • No shooting stars and one satellite was observed with another one satellite captured in an image.
  • There was much frost and dew on equipment afterwards.


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