Comet 290P/Jager on Dec 23 2013

Image: Comet 290P/Jager

This image captured on Dec 23 2013 using iTelescope Telescope 11 (508mm diameter, f/4.5), shows periodic comet 290P/Jager close to Star Hipparcos 31771 (magnitude 5.57). The viewing conditions were not ideal because of the presente of the Moon, and also the telescope focus turned out to be not perfect in this image. Comet 290P is…

New comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) added to TheSkyLive

The recently discovered comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) has been added to TheSkyLive. The comet is currently around magnitude 20, 1.3 billion kilometers from the Sun and it will reach its perihelion in April 2016. As shown by the light curve below, according to current computations, this comet could reach magnitude 7 during July 2016. Additional resources:…

Comet 154P/Brewington on November 30 2013

Comet 154P/Brewington, captured using the 430mm f6.8 astrograph of the iTelescope facility in Siding Springs. The comet is currently in pegasus, about 241 million km from the Sun and 175 million km from Earth. Further resources 154P/Brewington current position 154P/Brewington ephemerides

C/2013 R1 Lovejoy has developed a wonderful tail

While ISON is approaching the Sun in the next few days and is currently invisible, Comet C/2013 Lovejoy is easily observable in the northern emisphere before the dawn, in the constellation of Canes Venatici, This picture (6 minutes exposure through a 10mm diameter astrograph), was taken on November 24 at 4:00 UTC. Despite the Moon…