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Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto)

C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto)
R.A: 17h 02m 39s   Dec: -59° 31’ 42”
Observed Magnitude N.A. (COBS)
Estimated Magnitude 25.9 (JPL)  fading
in Ara   object currently below the horizon

Comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke

7P/Pons-Winnecke
R.A: 07h 05m 10s   Dec: +27° 09’ 22”
Observed Magnitude N.A. (COBS)
Estimated Magnitude 25.9 (JPL) 
in Gemini   current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS)

364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS)
R.A: 03h 40m 02s   Dec: +19° 52’ 28”
Observed Magnitude N.A. (COBS)
Estimated Magnitude 26.0 (JPL) 
in Taurus   current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE)

C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE)
R.A: 02h 56m 24s   Dec: -09° 31’ 06”
Observed Magnitude N.A. (COBS)
Estimated Magnitude 26.0 (JPL) 
in Eridanus   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet C/2017 S6 (Catalina)

C/2017 S6 (Catalina)
R.A: 14h 45m 23s   Dec: -47° 24’ 51”
Observed Magnitude N.A. (COBS)
Estimated Magnitude 26.2 (JPL)  fading
in Lupus   object currently below the horizon

Comet 24P/Schaumasse

24P/Schaumasse
R.A: 19h 14m 05s   Dec: -28° 27’ 04”
Observed Magnitude N.A. (COBS)
Estimated Magnitude 26.2 (JPL)  fading
in Sagittarius   object currently below the horizon

Comet C/2018 K1 (Weiland)

C/2018 K1 (Weiland)
R.A: 12h 12m 09s   Dec: +15° 01’ 42”
Observed Magnitude N.A. (COBS)
Estimated Magnitude 26.4 (JPL)  fading
in Coma   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR

11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR
R.A: 17h 12m 32s   Dec: -15° 21’ 55”
Observed Magnitude N.A. (COBS)
Estimated Magnitude 26.5 (JPL) 
in Ophiucus   object currently below the horizon

Comet C/2017 S3 (PANSTARRS)

C/2017 S3 (PANSTARRS)
R.A: 11h 29m 11s   Dec: +55° 32’ 14”
Observed Magnitude N.A. (COBS)
Estimated Magnitude 26.5 (JPL)  fading
in Ursa Major   current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet 226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski

226P/Pigott-LINEAR-Kowalski
R.A: 13h 38m 42s   Dec: +16° 18’ 17”
Observed Magnitude N.A. (COBS)
Estimated Magnitude 26.6 (JPL) 
in Bootes   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet C/2017 T1 (Heinze)

C/2017 T1 (Heinze)
R.A: 06h 48m 48s   Dec: -87° 00’ 43”
Observed Magnitude N.A. (COBS)
Estimated Magnitude 26.9 (JPL)  fading
in Octans   object currently below the horizon

Comet 23P/Brorsen-Metcalf

23P/Brorsen-Metcalf
R.A: 17h 14m 29s   Dec: -38° 40’ 19”
Observed Magnitude N.A. (COBS)
Estimated Magnitude 27.5 (JPL) 
in Scorpius   object currently below the horizon

Comet 51P/Harrington

51P/Harrington
R.A: 11h 25m 19s   Dec: +09° 26’ 32”
Observed Magnitude N.A. (COBS)
Estimated Magnitude 27.6 (JPL) 
in Leo   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks

12P/Pons-Brooks
R.A: 17h 54m 52s   Dec: +17° 55’ 15”
Observed Magnitude N.A. (COBS)
Estimated Magnitude 27.6 (JPL) 
in Hercules   object currently below the horizon

Comet 13P/Olbers

13P/Olbers
R.A: 01h 35m 16s   Dec: -39° 14’ 03”
Observed Magnitude N.A. (COBS)
Estimated Magnitude 27.7 (JPL) 
in Sculptor   object currently below the horizon

Comet 15P/Finlay

15P/Finlay
R.A: 12h 27m 49s   Dec: -03° 39’ 57”
Observed Magnitude N.A. (COBS)
Estimated Magnitude 27.8 (JPL) 
in Virgo   current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet 40P/Vaisala 1

40P/Vaisala 1
R.A: 00h 09m 39s   Dec: -06° 53’ 48”
Observed Magnitude N.A. (COBS)
Estimated Magnitude 27.8 (JPL)  brightening
in Cetus   object currently below the horizon

Comet 52P/Harrington-Abell

52P/Harrington-Abell
R.A: 22h 27m 49s   Dec: -12° 19’ 08”
Observed Magnitude N.A. (COBS)
Estimated Magnitude 27.9 (JPL)  brightening
in Aquarius   object currently below the horizon

Comet 319P/Catalina-McNaught

319P/Catalina-McNaught
R.A: 09h 23m 13s   Dec: +22° 50’ 59”
Observed Magnitude N.A. (COBS)
Estimated Magnitude 28.0 (JPL)  fading
in Leo   current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon

Comet 104P/Kowal 2

104P/Kowal 2
R.A: 17h 06m 06s   Dec: -17° 34’ 49”
Observed Magnitude N.A. (COBS)
Estimated Magnitude 28.2 (JPL) 
in Ophiucus   object currently below the horizon
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