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Reports from Geisei Observatory<November 26, 2000>

Comet Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak has brightened rapidly. It is now possible to observe it visually in small telescopes.
As the comet's motion was very fast, I had to move the 60cm telescope 10" to the southeast over a period of 3 minutes. This method of guiding (the Metcalf method) is an old method and requires special skills. Unlike CCD imaging it is enjoyable to guide the telescope staring at the crosshairs. This comet will brighten dramatically near or after perihelion in January next year. Keep a close watch.

At 05:30 on November 24, 2000
60cm reflector for a 9-minute exposure
Tsutomu Seki at Geisei Observatory

Copyright (C) 2000 Tsutomu Seki.