Flintstone Stargazing

December 11, 2007

Comet 8P/Tuttle on 12/11/07


Comet 8P/Tuttle (the fuzzy thing on the right) on 12/11/07

Comet 8P/Tuttle is a faint (magnitude 8 ) comet currently found in the constellation Cepheus. It’s too faint for the naked eye (here in Flintstone, at best I can see mag 6 and really mag 7 is essentially the limit for naked eye viewing), but I was able to find it pretty easy with my telescope. It’s currently pretty faint, but is expected to grow brighter. Maybe we’ll get lucky and it’ll have a really big outburst like Comet 17P/Holmes.

I also got these two Messier Objects – M77 and M78. This brings my Messier total to 59 or 54% of the 110 Messier Objects.

M77 on 12/11/07
M77

M78 on 12/11/07
M78

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