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How to find these exciting comets?


  1. Comets
  2. How to see a comet?
  3. How to find a comet
  4. Make your own star/comet chart

2: How to see a comet?

If you are lucky it will come a bright comet, I believe if it has a magnitude of 5 (magnitude is how astronomers measure brightness: wiki/Apparent_magnitude 4 is brighter than 5!) or more there is a chance to see it by naked eye from dark areas. I have only seen two comets by naked eye, Hyakutake in 1996 and Hale Bopp in 1997.

With a binocular you will have a better chance to see them, here are some information:

With a telescope and camera it could be like this even under hard light pollution:

Comet Catalina C/2013 US10

This is my own photo of the comet Catalina, if you want to know more about what equipment I used you can read here:

C/2013 US10 Catalina

Nowadays you don't need a very expensive equipment to do photographing on comets, an ordinary DSLR camera will do on the brighter comets.

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