Comet NEOWISE left behind, A trail of hope and joy combined. A celestial gift to humankind, To help us through our daily grind. DON MACHHOLZ
A five-star rating for a seven-star cluster. DON MACHHOLZ
Let’s hear it for the SOHO spacecraft And the amazing things it has photographed. With four thousand comets found By those on the ground Who scan images… DON MACHHOLZ
Look up this Hercules globular Visible in your binocular Known by many astronomer Frequented by the photographer That’s why it is so popular DON MACHHOLZ
There once was a comet named ATLAS Whose magnitude curve showed flatness It fragmented and scattered At the time it most mattered And it… DON MACHHOLZ
Learn the constellation Corvus It’s not enormous It represents a crow Seen better from down below From Spring into the summer Then it’s gone, what a bummer! DON MACHHOLZ
Go out tonight to see Arcturus, Not as bright or blue as Sirius, It’s in Boötes you see, Above his left knee, A sight to behold for the curious DON MACHHOLZ
is an American amateur astronomer, who is number one in the world for visual comet discoveries. Credited with the discovery of 12 comets, that include the periodic comets 96P/Machholz, 141P/Machholz, the non-periodic C/2004 Q2 (Machholz) that were visible with binoculars in the northern sky in 2004 and 2005, C/2010 F4 (Machholz), and most recently C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto)  In 1985, comet Machholz 1985-e, was discovered using a homemade cardboard telescope with a wide aperture, 10 inches across, that gave it a broader field of view than most commercial telescopes. Amateur astronomer Machholz utilizes a variety of methods in his comet discoveries, in 1986 using 29×130 binoculars he discovered 96P/Machholz.
The homemade binoculars I used to discover #96p, 2 deg S of M31. The song, “Against All Odds” by Phil Collins was playing on the radio.