C/2018 V1 Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto Obsv
Taken by Martin McKenna on November 13, 2018 @ Maghera, N. Ireland
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I observed new comet C/2018 V1 Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto before dawn at 05.00 UT from Maghera. I set my alarm for 04.00 UT then drove into the countryside and after some time I found a good location within a hidden lane into a field. The sky was perfectly clear, trans = 8, seeing = 6. I began a sweep with the 8 S. Cass and swept up the new comet at 05.00 UT, at the time it was 10 degrees above the horizon and only 1 degree above a strip of cloud, the comet was located to the east of Porimma. V1 was very well formed and striking in the eyepiece, coma circular and compact with disk-like central condensation at centre with a star-like false nucleus and very well condensed at DC6. The coma diameter was 4 arc mins and my magnitude guestimate was +8.6 (suspected to be brighter!), an elongation to the south was glimpsed on two occasions during intervals of good seeing which may have been a tail. As the comet rose into morning twilight a pronounced aqua colour could be discerned. By the end of the session the comet had moved rapidly to the east by perhaps 5 arc mins. Im delighted to have observed this new discovery. Planet Venus was stunning before dawn near Spica like a crescent moon in the eyepiece. Now to see that this comet will do in the future!

Includes wide image of me comet hunting and sketch showing the comets rapid motion to the E.
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