December 31, 2013 Leave a comment
This morning I ventured out to observe comets C/2012 X1 (LINEAR) and C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy) with 10×50 binoculars. Under a magnitude 6.0-6.2 sky, Lovejoy was easy to see as usual. Highly condensed with a slightly bluish-green 6′ coma, the comet also showed a faint ~1° long tail. I estimated it at magnitude 6.1. LINEAR was harder to see at magnitude 8.5 with a 5′ coma and no detectable tail.
I also observed both comets two nights ago with the Sierra Stars 0.61-m telescope in California.
The meteors were also active last night. A total of 23 were detected by the SALSA4 camera system.
Obs Date(UT) Time TOT SPO ANT AHY COM DLM DSV SAL 2013-12-31 12h 20m 23 19 2 2 0 0 0 SAL - SALSA4 camera in Tucson (Carl Hergenrother) Time - Total amount of time each camera looked for meteors TOT - Total number of meteors detected SPO - Sporadics (meteors not affiliated with any particular meteor shower) ANT - Antihelions AHY - Alpha Hydrids COM - Coma Berenicids DLM - December Leonis Minorids DSV - December Sigma Virginids