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  • Gregory Lee
    Nov 19, 2013
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      I saw ISON this morning over the Atlantic Ocean from Kennebunkport Maine with 20x80 binoculars.  I could make out a small tight coma with a thin pencil-like tail pointing upward toward Spica - like an exclaimation point !   Also watched Mercury rise red though the low thick atmosphere but could not discern Encke nearby with the binocs.   Tried to find Linear near Arcturus but no luck.  Should have brought a travel scope.   But high in Ursa Major Lovejoy was an easy catch.  It looked like a big globular cluster - so different from skinny ISON.   Mars and Jupiter and all the Winter sights added to an enjoyable morning observing session.
      Hope you guys had good views from Delaware.
      Greg Lee

      To: delmarvastargazers@yahoogroups.com
      From: don.surles@...
      Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:22:52 -0500
      Subject: [delmarvastargazers] Comet ISON...

      Folks...comet ISON has developed a very long tail...you can see the latest and greatest pics at

      Spaceweather.com. (This is a safe, non infected astronomy site...I use it everyday)

      ISON is rapidly approaching the sun and in a few days will be lost in the glare of sunrise until it rounds the sun and reappears...if it does not crash into the sun!

      Tomorrow morning should be clear...also with a waning moon in the sky.

      I plan to be at the deer stand parking lot just south of the Aquatic Education Center(Mallard Lodge is about 200 yards to the north of the Aquatic Education center).

      I will be there around 4:30am with big binos and camera.

      OH...Comet Lovejoy is also available for viewing.

      Hope to,see you there. Dress warmly...the wind will be blowing! Don...

      Sent from my iPad
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