Comet Lovejoy 2015-01-19

For the next couple of nights between the Pleiades and the constellation Aries

Comments +|- welcome.

Posted by Paul Cooper on Tue, 01/20/15 15:43
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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Tue, 01/20/15 16:23

Thank you for sharing your capture of Comet Lovejoy. There is something about photographs of the cosmos which makes one realize the immensity of all that is out there which we in general see so little of. The comet along with its tail works to create an illusion of movement through the cosmos. What was the time exposure for your photograph?

Comments by Paul Bracey on Tue, 01/20/15 18:17

Nice work!

Comments by Paul Cooper on Tue, 01/20/15 19:12

Hi Jan: The OP is cropped from 250mm F5.6 ISO 1600 30s, multiple exposures added together to reduce noise.

This wider view is cropped from 50mm F5.6 ISO 1600 30s multiple exposures added together to reduce noise

In this photo, the Plieades is the little dipper look-alike in the lower corner. It is pretty easy spot near the meridian (zenith), then use it to find the comet.

Comments by Michael Meek on Thu, 01/22/15 15:52

Well done.

Comments by Sandi MacDonald on Fri, 01/23/15 09:14

Indeed well done.;-)

Comments by Paul Bracey on Sat, 10/06/18 08:32

These are pretty awesome! But 30 seconds? At that speed, shouldn't we
be seeing the beginning of star trails? What black magic is this?!?!