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Comet LoveJoy  C/2014 Q2, 



    
        

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Comet LoveJoy C/2014 Q2

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Comet LoveJoy  C/2014 Q2, 



    
        

            John Jennings
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Comet LoveJoy C/2014 Q2

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron C-14 HyperStar f/1.9

Imaging cameras: QHYCCD QHY12

Software: CCDWare CCD Autopilot 5  ·  Astro-Physics Inc. APCC Pro  ·  Adobe CS3  ·  Diffraction Limited Maxim DL7

Accessory: Technical Innovations Robofocus


Dates:Jan. 7, 2015

Frames: 1x200" (3' 20")

Integration: 3' 20"

Avg. Moon age: 16.88 days

Avg. Moon phase: 95.04%


RA center: 04h15m53s.88

DEC center: -01°5841.0

Pixel scale: 1.536 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 179.500 degrees

Field radius: 0.797 degrees

WCS transformation: thin plate spline

More info:Open 


Resolution: 3076x2112

Locations: Granite Gap Remote Observatory, Animas, New Mexico, United States

Data source: Own remote observatory

Description

Capture Notes:

Just got around to processing this image with newer tools and techniques. I imaged it from my now closed remote observatory in New Mexico. I also imaged a series of Mosaics in the much faster Bin4x4 mode. I'm going to rework those too. (Bored with bad skies....)

I was looking at the Fits header and it reminded me that Comet LoveJoy was one of the few Comets I've shot high in the night sky that was this bright. This image was taken on the evening of the 7th at 9:23pm local time during it's closet approach to earth.

FITS HEADER INFO:

OBJCTALT = ' 53.2100'

OBJCTAZ = '155.7681'

OBJCTHA = ' -0.9493'

Fortunately, my scope was able to peer down to about 7 degrees in altitude just above the south west corner wall of the observatory which allowed the capture of several morning comets too.

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

A long-period comet discovered on 17 August 2014 by Terry Lovejoy.

In January 2015, it brightened to roughly magnitude 4,[10] and became one of the brightest comets located high in a dark sky since comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) in 1997. On 7 January 2015, the comet passed 0.469 AU (70,200,000 km; 43,600,000 mi) from Earth. (Wiki)

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Comet LoveJoy  C/2014 Q2, 



    
        

            John Jennings