Monday 24 April 2023

TW Backhouse and comet Swift

 TW Backhouse of Sunderland using his 4.5 inch Thomas Cooke & Sons telescope reports on comet Swift 1892. He says that there appeared to be little notice of this comet. Backhouse said that he saw the comet on April 26th 1892 through a miniature spectroscope on his Cooke telescope. Although the best views of the comet so far were obtained on April 29th when although faint it was visible to the naked eye. The comet had a tail 11 degrees long. On April 30th the head of the comet was about 4th magnitude and was seen between mu and lambda Pegasus.

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