Comet 2014 Q2 Lovejoy

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Re: Comet 2014 Q2 Lovejoy

Post by rwilkinson » Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:46 am

The comet is now in Cassiopeia and although it has faded, it's still visible in binoculars.
It's moving more slowly now (relative to the background stars): in this image from Thursday night it had hardly moved over half an hour:
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Comet Lovejoy on 26-Feb. 2x 1-min + 9x 2-min using Pentax 135mm lens on Atik 16IC.
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Re: Comet 2014 Q2 Lovejoy

Post by rwilkinson » Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:57 pm

Although fading, the comet is still visible between Cassiopeia and Cepheus.
I took this image last night using just an old 200mm lens and a converted Philips webcam:
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Comet Lovejoy on 21-Apr. 31x 60-sec with Soligor 200mm f/5.6 lens and Philips webcam.
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I was using a Celestron NexStar alt-az mount, which managed to keep the comet in view for half an hour, and then the Global matching stellar registration in IRIS was used to reduce the effects of field-rotation.

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Re: Comet 2014 Q2 Lovejoy

Post by rwilkinson » Fri May 01, 2015 7:34 am

After more than four months in our skies, this comet is still visible (and easily imaged).
Here's a picture taken from Bolton last night:
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Comet Lovejoy on 30-Apr. 30x 90-sec using Atik 16IC with StarWave 80ED operating at f/4.6.
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The star-trails show the comet's apparent movement over three-quarters of an hour.

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Re: Comet 2014 Q2 Lovejoy

Post by rwilkinson » Sun Jun 21, 2015 1:44 pm

The comet is still in Ursa Minor (just North of Kocab), but it's faded down to around 9th magnitude, so is difficult to pick out of the perpetual twilight at this time of year.
But I managed to catch it from Tenerife using the BRT Galaxy Camera:
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Comet Lovejoy on 19-Jun. 6x 120-sec using Galaxy Camera (C14 operating at f/5.3)
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Re: Comet 2014 Q2 Lovejoy

Post by rwilkinson » Thu Oct 01, 2015 7:27 am

Nearly ten months after I first saw it, this comet is still visible - albeit down to around 12th magnitude.
I managed to capture it with my C8 early last night (before the Moon got too bright), between Hercules and Corona Borealis:
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C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy on 30-Sep. 61 exposures of between 1 & 2 mins using HX916 on C8 SCT at f/3.3
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(the dazzlingly bright star in the image is Sigma CrB, which is only 5th magnitude! And the diffraction-spike was caused by a telephone-line in the line-of-sight at the start of the session)

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