C/2021 A1 (Leonard) 2021-Dec-30 Mike Olason

This is the cumulative efforts of 5 hours of watching nothing but clouds move across my screen the last 3 evenings except for this very small opening in the clouds this evening in which I managed to grab a 5 second image of comet C/2021 A1 before the clouds swiftly covered up that hole. The 5 second image was collected with no filter on 2021 December 30 UT and had enough stars so that Astrometrica using UCAC-4 could calculate a magnitude of V=5.4, the coma was 5' wide and the tail disappeared into the clouds. Used the 50mm f/3.5 scope, ST-402ME CCD camera and mount that were soaked on Christmas Eve. More rain expected the next few days so I hope you all have a good New Year holiday.

Cheers, Mike.

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