Comet 168P Hergenrother in outburst

BAA member Denis Buczynski reports:

This comet (with period of 6.9 years) first discovered by Carl Hergenrother at Catalina in 1998 is now at perihelion and has undergone an outburst which makes it currently the brightest comet in Northern skies. It is well situated for study all night located in Pegasus with an altutude of more than 50 degrees and due south at midnight. The predicted magnitude at this time was around 15 but recent estimates have shown the comet to be more than 5 magnitudes brighter than that at around 9-10. This means that visual sightings including binocular observations are possible and DSLR photography will show the comet easily. CCD images show a bright elongated coma and a short broad southward pointing tail. This curent outburst coincides with the waning moon becoming less prominent and the next dark moon period beckoning. The Comet Section invites all observations(visual estimates and descriptions, drawings and images) to be submitted to

There are some images of this comet available for viewing on the Comet Gallery at the BAA Website.

A recent quote from the discoverer on Yahoo groups comet-ml on 2012 OCT 3

“I’d like to thank everyone who has been observing “my” comet during this outburst-filled apparition.

Last night I was able to spot the comet in my 30×125s and 12″ dob. The comet was around 9.8-9.9, highly condensed with a short tail to the south.

– Carl Hergenrother”

An image taken on Oct 5 by myself is here:

Comet 168P on 2012 10 05 by Denis Buczynski

A colour image taken on Oct 3 by Micheal Jager is here:

Comet 168P on 2012 10 03 by Micheal Jager has generated this Finder Chart.

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