168P/Hergenrother


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I had missed the best days of this comet, due to both personal and work travel issues as well as the weather and moon phases.  It had reportedly shown a visual tail telescopically for at least a week or so, about 2 weeks prior.  I knew that time was getting away from me.

I had this one opportunity to view it, on a Monday night at that.  I was determined to do so early in the evening, and again later that same night.  I actually viewed it a third time that night, in the middle, but chose to draw only the two images shown at left for maximum change.  To see the most movement over just a few hours time, I determined to view it with my 9mm 100degree eyepiece at 203x.  Unfortunately, that left no easily named/numbered stars in the smaller field of view (FOV).

It was a pretty dim object, perhaps magnitude 11, barely showing against the sky background at this green zone.  While drawing, with longer views, some very slight condensation was noticed forming a tight oval in the head of the coma.  The coma itself was somewhat fan-shaped, indicating what little portion of a tail that was left.  No pseudo-nucleus was observed.

It was good to view this and record it.  I had hated to miss this one earlier.  Good comet tails are infrequent.
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