Love and Joy at Christmas – Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2

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Christmas Day evening, almost clear skies.
We are up late anyway so I got set up to capture Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2. It is extremely low in the southern sky, only about 7 degrees above the horizon at it’s highest around midnight. With the telescope almost horizontal, I managed to get the comet centred in the cameras field of view. The comet was easily visible in my new 17 x 75 binoculars and tonight it was just high enough to avoid going behind the neighbours TV aerial. The small scope auto-guided superbly, so I took 50 x 30 second subs.

Despite the very low altitude of the comet, I am really pleased I was able to get a reasonable image.
It doesn’t show the delicate tail that others further south and in darker skies are getting, but it’s good enough for me (for now!).
This comet can¬†only get better as it heads northwards and becomes brighter. Here’s to a great 2015.



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