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Comet approaches maximum brightness

2011 October 26, 19h 52m UT. Nikkor 600mm f/4, D300 SLR. A 90 sec. exposure at ISO1000.

The comet, C 2009 P1 Garradd, is now approaching maximum brightness and, according to Rousay astronomer John Vetterlein: “With the Moon shortly coming into play, the next few days could be crucial for would-be astronomers.

“At a little brighter than 8 magnitude, it is visible in small binoculars (8 x 30) on a good, clear night. “

The comet will be visible in the south-western sky, a little to the left of, and below, the constellation Hercules. It will set in the north-west a little after midnight. For full details, click here.

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