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Monday, July 9th, 2007
This has been a strange few weeks for me. I've been in Thailand from the end of June until July 1st. It was completely cloudy there the entire time so I was not able to see any southern objects. I was not happy about that. The entire time it's been clear here in the Northwest.
 
But then coming back I've been so screwed up from the jet lag of being 18 hours ahead, even though the skies have continued to be clear, I've missed night after night of viewing.
 
Well tonight I changed that since I had a late night job and was really wanting to see Linear C2006V/Z13.
 
I pulled out the scope and let it cool down while I was at the job site and when I came back it was all ready to go. I pointed to Draco and pulled up the comet.
 
Linear C2006V/Z13
I looked at it in both the 12" dob with a 35mm eyepiece and my binoculars. It doesn't have the brilliance of other comets I've observed and there was no tail present for me in either instrument. It's not bright, but it's a pretty obvious object.

It was a bit tricky to see in the binoculars, but that's really only because of the light pollution. In a dark sky it will be very evident though at 10th mag it will require an instrument.

Judging on stars in the field of view, I measured the angular size of the coma to be just under 5 arcminutes. For perspective, M15 is 12 arcminutes and M13 is 52 arcminutes. So it's a pretty small object, but in the darker sky the coma will likely be a bit larger.
 
 
This coming weekend is another star party and I'm looking forward to pulling up this object again, but this time in a dark sky.
  





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