Monday, November 11, 2013

Comet Lovejoy

At bed at 1 am, but there are 4 comets in the early morning sky, to the east, right now, so i set my alarm for 3:45, thinking i would probably turn it off and go back to sleep. But - my alarm went off - and i got right up :) on only 2.5 hours of sleep at that…

I snuck into the cemetery a block away which had pretty good horizons for my neighborhood (realizing that i was thinking of the WESTern horizon when thinking of Pell. pkwy…i don’t know what kind of eastern views it gets). Set up and took some 35mm shots on a tripod while setting up the refractor. I panned the sky for quite a while (didn’t have binoculars and my finder is as cheap as they come), looking for where Roger hinted at since he saw it Sat. night. But it wasn’t quite where he said it was, at least it didn’t seem to me to be, but i never measured so maybe it was…any who, i found it! it was a fuzzy ball, and my first few photos were pretty sperical. But eventually i lengthened the exposures and cut down on the ISO to 80, and had some pretty good results. Here is a heavily edited version to bring out the tails, though it’s actually a much nicer looking shot with out the edits - but the tails aren’t as nice. I will spend more time editing in PS later. Maybe stacking a little as well. 
  • 2013 R1 (Lovejoy) is a new discovery by Terry Lovejoy of Australia on September 9.

3 comments:

Frits said...

truly awesome

Keith said...

Amazing. Way to go. Nice to see a passion for a hobby and for your work . So many of you have that. it is good for your old dad's soul.

the totems said...

that is really cool. impressive noah