Reports from Geisei Observatory <September 20, 2012>
260P/McNaught approaching perihelion
Comet McNaught, which has recently been assigned the permanent
number designation 260P, is now brightly visible. At midnight it rises
right to the zenith and displays a magnificent broad tail at PA 225. It
can be observed visually. This photograph was taken at 1 am on September
20. The sky was clear but transparency was somewhat low.
In the morning Sirius began rising. I was intensely watching
the direction where a Kreutz group comet had appeared on September 19,
47 years ago. It looked lower than I had thought.
An image of me in those days crossed my mind and faded out,
speeding on a bicycle to the telegraph office through a morning fog...
September 20, 2012
70cm f/7 reflector with Nikon D700 (ISO 1600)