This is the second comet I have gotten since I got into astronomy. Currently 168P/Hergenrother, discovered in November of 1998, had a minor outburst causing it to increase in magnitude, it went from a faint magnitude 15 to magnitude ~9. 168P can be found currently within the constellation of Pegasus, traveling in a northern direction as it makes it’s way into Andromeda near the end of the month. This sudden outburst occurred as it passed through perihelion on October 1st, and erupted unexpectedly, and dramatically.
A discussion in the early morning of October 13 Peter Lake, Hamant Kumar, Shahrin Ahmad, and the comets discoverer, Carl Hergenrother did a Google+ hangout discussing his comet hunting, and the current flaring up of 168P, he also shows the images he discovered the comet in. Informative hangout that I would recommend watching if you’re interested in comets at all.
Through the telescope it was hard to tell the difference between it and the background stars. With higher magnification it was a little easier to see the small faint tail behind the comets nucleus.
I had quite a bit of difficulty getting this comet to show any color. I also stretched this image as much as I could without adding too much artifact to the image. Both images above are 19 images stacked with 10 dark frames, most of the post processing was done within Deep Sky Stacker itself, with a little touch up in Photoshop.
First image is with the stars and comet stacked separately then stacked on each other with no trailing of the stars or comet. The second image is just the comet stacked showing some star trailing due to the motion of the comet.
Omni XLT 150 with CG-4 mount
DIY Reticle eyepiece for drift alignment