Another enjoyable observing session

I managed to have another good night out with the 'scopes last night (the online copy of the log should be up later). The main targets were the Moon, Saturn and, of course, Comet 73/P Schwassmann-Wachmann 3.

I started out having a look at Saturn for a while and then moved on to having a good look around the terminator of the Moon. I got quite taken in by the view of Mare Serenitatis, especially the area around Dorsa Smirnov as it stood out very well. I did consider the idea of doing a sketch of the area, or at least a feature in the area, but decided against it as I wanted to move on to finding the comet. After seeing what Jeff got up to last night I'm sort of wishing I had made the effort now.

The view of the comet wasn't quite as good as the one I had a couple of nights back — moonlight seemed to be a bit of a problem. That said, I did manage to find fragment B this time around, I even had it in the same field of view as M13. Pete Lawrence managed to catch that sight really well in this image and this image (both from this page — I've pointed to them directly because Pete's updating the page after each session).

Update: The log of the session is now online.

File Under: Comet, Schwassmann-Wachmann 3, Moon, Saturn.

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