How to find Comet ISON? Helps to have a good map…

… and a clear eastern horizon.
Here’s a photo of the eastern horizon with my Canon XS with the 50mm F 1.2 lens at 5:35 am this Wednesday morning.

10 second exposure F5.0, IS) 800

10 second exposure F5.0, IS) 800


Can you find the comet?
Neither could I, until I looked closely at the photo and a map of ISON’s location in the sky.
Section of the previous photo - Spica is the bright star to the upper right, ISON is in the trees near the power lines.

Section of the previous photo – Spica is the bright star to the upper right, ISON is the bluish object in the left side of the trees just above the lowest power line.

Thanks to Cartes du Ciel software

Thanks to Cartes du Ciel software


ISON is getting lower each day as it plunges toward its close approach to the Sun on Thanksgiving Day.

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