False-color image of comet Tempel-Tuttle obtained with a 19-cm f/4 flat field S-C telescope and CCD camera, using a diatomic carbon (C2) filter. The exposure time was 5 minutes. Note a trace of a delicate tail toward the PA ~65o.
Cathy Hall (Canada) reported:
Last night, February 26/27, I headed out on my own west of Ottawa to Rolf and Linda Meier's place, and set up my scope in their driveway to try for Tempel-Tuttle. And - I got it!! What an interesting little comet! In my 4.7 inch f8.5 refractor, it was easy to star-hop to, and easily visible in my low power eyepiece, a 2 inch 50mm Plossl. It was very tiny, almost like a faint fuzzy star. In my 1.25 inch 13mm Plossl it showed as bright and condensed. In spite of being right in the middle of a lot of zodiacal light, the comet was easy to find and see, just up to the right of Saturn. If any of you haven't had a look at it yet - go for it!! It is much easier to see than the estimated magnitude of 10.5 would tend to imply! Don't be put off by the magnitude - this comet was easy to see last night in my 4.7 inch scope!!