Comet Ison | James Maxwell

James Maxwell
Location of photo
Near Grant, AL
Date/Time of photo
Oct. 8, 2013, 4:50-5:20AM
20" F/5 Newtonian, 13mm Ethos. Red Backlit Sketchpad and tracing paper.
This is a sketch of comet Ison as it appeared visually on Oct. 8, 2013, in the early morning before dawn. I used a red backlit tablet with tracing paper, to sketch the comet's appearance in Leo, and I was prepared to do a color sketch. The comet was very faint, so that I passed over it on the first search attempt. I could not detect any significant color visually, only a ghostly glow. Observed visually for about 1/2 hour before twilight began.