Chart suitable for telescope use showing the track of C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) as seen from SSO. The large rectangle is the field of view of T12, the small that of T9. Deep sky objects down to magnitude 13 are shown. Click to embiggen.
Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) is now high enough to be visible. It is only visible from the SSO scopes, and is at a suitable height from around 4 am to astronomical twilight.
It is currentlty arround magnitude 7, and is showing a nice double tail reminiscent of C/2013 US10 Catalina.
The comet is in Aquarius, and passes some faint galaxies and some bright stars. Between the 13-19th it is within T12 range of the 12th magnitude galaxy NGC 7760. From the 16th to the 21st both NGC 760 and 11 th magnitude NGC 760 are in the T12 FOV together. With some careful mosaicing you can get Neptune in the picture as well. On the 27th, the comet is 13' from 13th magnitude NGC 7443.
CK13X010 2016 04 20.7277 1.314250 1.001028 164.4604 130.9555 163.2316 20160113 10.5 2.0 C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS)
Comet 252P has faded somewhat, and is now moving more sedately, but is still a nice object. Currently around magnitude 8, it may fade very rapidly. The comet is currently in Ophiuchus and moves into Hercules, but sadly does not go past anything interesting.
The comet is best visible after 11 pm from SSO, and around 9:30 pm from the northern hemisphere scopes.
0252P 2016 03 15.2785 0.996073 0.673675 343.2912 190.9811 10.4047 20160113 17.5 4.0 252P/LINEAR
Chart showing comet C/2014 S2 PanSTARRS in Ursa Major as seen from Mayhill New Mexico. The large rectangle is the field of view of T14/20, the small that of T5. Click to embiggen.
Comet C/2014 S2 PanSTARRS has also been brighter than expected.
Only visible to the northern scopes at the moment, it is passing through Ursa Major and is currently magnitude 10 and fading rather than magnitude 16.
Unfortunately it too does not pass near any other interesting objects during May.
CK14S020 2015 12 09.8040 2.100665 0.987635 87.8095 8.1224 64.6704 20160113 10.0 4.0 C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS)
Comet 9P/Temple 1 is in a good position for observation in Leo, and is visible from both northern and southern scopes from early to late evening. However, at magnitude 13.7 is is substantiall dimmer than ephemeris predictions of 11.5, it may brighten further during the month though.
0009P 2016 08 02.5264 1.540915 0.510096 179.2024 68.8122 10.4774 20150627 5.5 10.0 9P/Tempel
Comet 81P Wild is currently magnitude 11.5 and is in Gemini, within range of the northern scopes for around half an hour after astronomical twilight in the evening, before it gets too low for observations. On May 18 the comet is 14' from the magnitude 8 open cluster NGC 2420. At this time there is only a 15 minute window from astronomical twilight until the comet is too low.
0081P 2016 07 20.3099 1.592167 0.538388 41.6974 136.1260 3.2390 20160731 7.0 6.0 81P/Wild