Comet Hartley 2
posted by: Aaron McNeely
I have observed the comet for the past two nights. It is currently passing beneathe the “W” of Cassiopeia, an area rich with stars and clusters. I used my TeleVue 85mm refractor for observing. This scope provides a nice, wide field for observing faint extended objects such as comets. The view was quite beautiful. I swept the scope over to observe the Owl Cluster which was nearby.
The comet resembles an amorphous glow with a brighter center. I thought that I could detect a long, straight tail. This was extremely faint, and might have been a chance alignment of faint stars. I will observe again tonight.
This is a nice comet, and it is well-placed for evening observing. Thanks.
Comet Hartley 2 Sky Map: http://media.skyandtelescope.com/images/CometHartley2-bw.jpg