Monday, December 09, 2013
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c/2013 R1 Lovejoy. This
discovered on 7 September 2013 by
Terry Lovejoy; it is
the 5th comet discovered by this amateur astronomer from Australia.
Comet Lovejoy will reach
December 22 at a distance of about 0.8 AU from the sun. It made its
closest approach to earth on November 19, and was briefly a
(magnitude ~5). For additional images check out the
Real Time Comet
Gallery at Spaceweather.com.
For more information on Comet Lovejoy see
Yoshida's web site.
This image was made in the early morning of
December 7, 2013. LRGB
data was collected while guiding on the comet itself
Image data were acquired with an STL11000 and ASA 10N on an
AP900 GTO, and stacked in
MaximDL. Final processing was
Photoshop. See the thumbnail below for an inverted view.
More images can be found on my Comet
c2013 R1 Lovejoy page.
|This page illustrates what can be photographed using amateur telescopes and a CCD camera. I
currently use an
camera and have previously used a SBIG and
Xpress cameras, as well as a
245 camera that I built
myself. Most of the images were actually taken from my backyard near a busy street with
several street lights. Not only is the CCD camera a great imaging tool, but it allows
"real time" observation of objects not normally visible in areas with
moderate-severe light pollution.
International Dark Sky Association