telescopic comet

telescopic comet

[¦tel·ə¦skäp·ik ′käm·ət]
(astronomy)
A comet in which only the coma is observed.
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Telescopic comet images offer a hint of this by showing jets and other structures in the coma.
Admit it: you've imagined that someday you'll chance upon an undiscovered telescopic comet and have your name forever attached to it.
I'm using the techniques of a deep-sky observer, but this is no deep-sky object--it's a faint telescopic comet.
But before you run out and look for a challenging telescopic comet, be warned that chasing one requires some specialized knowledge.
With the right information in hand, telescopic comet chasing isn't difficult.
Telescopic comets are much smaller and fainter, but they are far more common.
Knowing the locations of telescopic comets is essential, but in practice, that may not be enough.
In the predawn hours of September 18th Japanese amateurs, Kaoru Ikeya and Tsutomu Seki independently spotted a new telescopic comet low in the southeast.
Especially unusual for a telescopic comet, it has sometimes displayed a small, sharp tail.
THIS WINTER a moderately bright telescopic comet -- possibly visible in binoculars too -- remains near the zenith after nightfall for months on end.
The prize, instituted in 1831 by the Danish king Frederick VI, was for all discoveries of new telescopic comets.
As the new year opens, several telescopic comets will be plying the frosty evening skies.