Having failed dismally to locate comet C/2015 V2 Johnson with binoculars while on holiday, I thought I would have another go with the SCT.
Before that though, Saturn appeared between the trees so I had a look at that. Seeing was poor and it was low down, so unsurprisingly it was wobbling like a jelly in an earthquake. After having tried several combinations of barlows, the best result was without a barlow. It really isn’t very good, but you can just make out the Cassini division in the rings, and a belt on the planet.
Then I saw 2 very bright meteors – almost fireballs. Anyone catch them on the all-sky cameras?
Anyway, back to the comet. The sky as not very clear, or dark, and the moon was up. The comet had a reported magnitude of 8.3 and it was not near to any prominent star. It was therefore difficult to “star-hop” to it. So I resorted to using its published RA and declination in conjunction with the Autostar controller. Bingo! there it was!
This, I think is the tail – at about 10 o’clock. Ultimately, quite a satisfying image.