8P/Tuttle


Date(UT)  n MM  Mag Ref Aper Type  f    x  dia  DC taildg tailpa Observer
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080111.74 -  S  6.2  TK  5.0  B        10   17  3/               T Karhula

Comments:  Altitude 18.  Light pollution.  Site: Vasteras, Sweden


Date(UT)  n MM  Mag Ref Aper Type  f    x  dia  DC taildg tailpa Observer
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071230.93 -  B  5.6 TK        E         1   -    -               T Karhula
071230.93 -         TK   5.0  B         7   16   4               T Karhula

Comments:  Comet Tuttle was flying by the Triangulum galaxy, M33, and they
were at their closest now, only 20' separation.  The much larger and
elongated M33 possessed a significantly lower surface brightness than the
round fuzz-ball Tuttle, which was easier to see.  I could glimpse comet
8P/Tuttle with my naked eyes!  This was the first time it had become
visible without optical aid since its discovery in the year of 1790. I was
able to see comet Tuttle naked eye together with 17P/Tuttle _exactly_ at
the same time.  Their separation was only 22 so when I stared at a point
between them and to the right of the connecting line, I could hold them
both with averted vision.  This is unprecedented in history, two short-
period comets seen simultaneously without optical aid!  This was the first
clear night without moonlight the past weeks.  Site: Virsbo, Sweden


Date(UT)  n MM  Mag Ref Aper Type  f    x  dia  DC taildg tailpa Observer
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071214.99    S  7.0 TK   2.0  B         8   17   4               T Karhula

Comments:  Seen with slightest optical aid (8x20 binoculars).  Site: Virsbo, Sweden.


Date(UT)  n MM  Mag Ref Aper Type  f    x  dia  DC taildg tailpa Observer
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071208.78    S  8.8 TK   5.0  B         7   8    3               T Karhula

Comments:  Found first with 25x100, then seen with Canon 18x50 IS and
finally with handheld 7x50 binoculars.  25x100 showed a pseudonucleus of
11th mag.  Site: Virsbo, Sweden.