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Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) | by Piper2000ca
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Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Last night I was able to get out and set up well before the moon rose, and I was able to photograph Comet Lovejoy for the first time through my telescope. In fact, it is actually the first time I've ever even looked at a comet through a telescope. I've had my 10" telescope for well over a decade, and a smaller telescope before that, and believe it or not, I've never actually seen a comet through one. I also took out my binoculars my dad got me for Christmas, and I was able to find it through them as well. The comet was easily visible in binoculars, and with the telescope I could make out the tail as well. I swear I could make out some of the green as well, but that may have been wishful thinking on my part. It was a bit on the windy side, as the wind would slightly shake my telescope causing the image to jitter. Out of the 30 images I took, I was only able to use half of them, but they seem to have come out pretty good. It was also the first time I've ever used a "light-box" to make my flat images.

 

Telescope: Meade 10" LX200GPS, unguided, with f/6.3 Focal Reducer

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3

 

Image composed of:

Best 15 of 30 60sec light frames at ISO 1600,

15 60sec dark frames at ISO 1600,

20 1/30sec flat frames at ISO 1600,

20 1/30sec flat dark frames at ISO 1600,

25 1/4000sec bias frames at ISO 1600.

Stacked in DeepSkyStacker v3.3.4

Additional processing with Adobe Photoshop CS5.1

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Taken on January 8, 2015