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The Comet C/2003 K4 (Linear)

Comet C/2003 K4 (Linear)
by Doug Scobel

Comet C/2003 K4 Linear

The comet was very bright, very condensed, with a symmetrical coma and star-like nucleus. No tail seen per se, but coma was noticeably elongated towards the south (away from the sun - the comet was very near the meridian almost straight up). It appears in a rich, star-filled field. More details below....

Object:Comet C/2003 K4 (LINEAR)
Date/Time:June 20, 2004 05:50 UT
Location:Lake Hudson State Recreation Area, Michigan
Telescope:13” f/4.5 Newtonian
Eyepiece/Magnification:14mm Radian/106x
Field diameter:34’
Object magnitude:7.0 (very approximate)
Object altitude:Approximately 85 degrees
Sky transparency:NELM approx 6.3 at zenith
Sky steadiness:6/10

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