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Reports from Geisei Observatory<November 30, 2000>

Here are the photographs of Comet Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak and Comet NcNaught-Hartley taken by the 60cm telescope. The former is now visible in the morning twilight and the latter has brightened with a developing tail. Both were clearly visible in the 20cm refractor. Comet Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak was at magnitude 9 and Comet McNaught-Hartley at 7. Comet Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak passes perihelion in January. Close observation is required because it sometimes brightens suddenly. Comet McNaught-Hartley moves north becoming easier to observe.

The periodic comet Kojima 70P/Kojima is captured in this photo at magnitude 17 in the morning twilight.
Comet Utsunomiya will appear low (less than 10 degrees above horizon) in the southwestern sky in the evening early in December. You will be lucky if you can find it in Japan against moonlight.

Copyright (C) 2000 Tsutomu Seki.