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Sun, 24 Jan 2016 - Comet CATALINA drifts towards Polaris...

Although the approach and arrival of Full Moon has made it harder to see Comet CATALINA US10, it is still there, and has now moved past the stars of the Big Dipper. Now, as it continues its grand tour of the northern sky, it is drifting towards Polaris, the Pole Star.

Here's an image I took of it last Friday night. It's a processed stack of ten10 second high ISO images taken with my set-up of a Canon 1100D DSLR fitted with a 135mm lens, all mounted on an iOptron star tracker...

 

 

CATALINA is now shining at around magnitude 7, which puts it still well within the range of a simple pair of binoculard and a small telescope. Here's where to find it until the end of the month...

 

  

 

 

Added by: Stuart Atkinson