Comet Austin 1989 X1

Comet Austin was a comet discovered by New Zealand amateur Rodney R. D. Austin on December 6, 1989.
By the time of its discovery, it was already obvious that it must be an unusually large object.
At that time the comet was still more than 350 million kilometres from the 
Sun and yet it was so bright that it was seen as an
11th magnitude object(that is, 1/100 as bright as what can be perceived with the unaided eye).

More observations were soon made, establishing the comet's orbit, and it was found that it will pass through its perihelion
(the point of its orbit where it is closest to the Sun) on 9 April 1990 at a distance of about 53 million kilometres,
 inside the orbit of 
, the planet closest to the Sun.

Thereafter it will move outwards again and, by good luck, it will come within 38 million kilometres of the Earth on May 25.
 It will be well situated in the sky for observation from the northern hemisphere after 20 April 1990 when it can be seen low above the NW horizon,
 just after sunset, and even better above the NE horizon, shortly before sunrise. It is expected that Comet Austin will then have developed a tail
which should be easily observable and provide spectators with a grand celestial view.

Comet 1989 X1 Austin log entry

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During this apparation I was in southern Ohio turkey hunting. I brought the scope and camera along, but the weather did not cooperate.
The only morning it was partially clear out I went to a good clear spot,
only to have it begin cloudy up shortly after I arrived there. So all I got was a quick binocular view of Comet Austin.