Observing Comet Holmes

Councilor Peter Frinton at the eyepiece of the 17.5
Councillor Peter Frinton observing M42, the Orion Nebula,
with the 17.5″ Dobsonian reflecting telescope.
Peter and Fitch Cady did all of the heavy lifting to facilitate this observing session.

Oh, about Comet Holmes… It is now so big that even in the telescope’s lowest power eyepiece, it fills and extends beyond the entire field. The observer has to move the telescope to discover that the haze is really the comet, and you can see the edge of the comet and, beyond it, the real black sky. The explosive behavior of the comet makes this one of the most unusual observable events in astronomy during my lifetime

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