Don Machholz has hit the robots again. But he makes a tactical retreat because of signs. Scan the morning sky…
Don Machholz has hit the robots again.
But he makes a tactical retreat because of signs.
Scan the morning sky November 7, Colfax discovered the amateur litter a new comet.
For Machholz, the discovery of the Comet 2018V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) came after eight years and 746 hours of investigation of the sky in increasingly brighter clouds caused by light pollution.
The new comet discovery is the 12th for Machholz. Eight of them have been in the last 29 years, he has lived in Colfax.
Machholz uses high-quality binoculars and is a throwback to a time before technology allows automatic searches based on constant photography to find the first changes
For Machholz, the discovery marks its singing in Colfax.
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The amount of light generated from human sources on the ground has played a major role in the movement, said Machholz.
Astronomers need as close to the black conditions as possible to train their telescopes on night skiing. During the last three decades, Machholz said that these conditions had deteriorated in the area he lives, partly due to the rise of illuminated signs from Interstate 80 near his observatory and home.
North Arizona offers a darker sky and a higher altitude – moving him away from the grounded dust at lower levels.
Machholz packs up his astronomical gear but leaves an observatory when he listens his home for sale in the next month.  An observatory may not be the largest outlet for many homebuyers, he acknowledges.
“I could see that it probably was repurposed – maybe for a hot tub,” said Machholz.  Machholz shares the comet name with Japanese observers Shigehisa Fujikawa and Masayuki Iwamoto, who look at the comet about at the same time.