168P/Hergenrother

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I had missed the best days of this comet, due to both personal and work travel issues as well as the weather and moon phases. It had reportedly shown a visual tail telescopically for at least a week or so, about 2 weeks prior. I knew that time was getting away from me.

I had this one opportunity to view it, on a Monday night at that. I was determined to do so early in the evening, and again later that same night. I actually viewed it a third time that night, in the middle, but chose to draw only the two images shown at left for maximum change. To see the most movement over just a few hours time, I determined to view it with my 9mm 100degree eyepiece at 203x. Unfortunately, that left no easily named/numbered stars in the smaller field of view (FOV).

It was a pretty dim object, perhaps magnitude 11, barely showing against the sky background at this green zone. While drawing, with longer views, some very slight condensation was noticed forming a tight oval in the head of the coma. The coma itself was somewhat fan-shaped, indicating what little portion of a tail that was left. No pseudo-nucleus was observed.

It was good to view this and record it. I had hated to miss this one earlier. Good comet tails are infrequent.