Comets Lovejoy and Linear X1 
in the morning sky
March 9, 2014

 This pair of comets was shot in what can be best described as nearly gale conditions! Near the end of the Comet Lovejoy set, the wind became 25 - 35mph in gusts and the telescope was blowing around like a big box kite. None the less, most of the Lovejoy data was fine, but I had to shut down on the Linear X1 shots, because the stars were doing figure 8's in the autoguider.

Both comets are around 8th magnitude, and actually look very similar. When I dialed up Linear after shooting Lovejoy, I had a double take to make sure I had actually moved to this other comet! Comet Lovejoy however in the processed images yeilds a broader fan like tail, and has a richer star field.

Comet Lovejoy C/2012 R1 Tracking is on Comet Nucleus! L = 15 x 2m RGB = 6m Select an image size for a larger view: 1290 x 960
Comet Linear X1 Guided on Stars (Attempted) RGB = 6m Select an image size for a larger view: 1290 x 960
Lens: 12.5" f/5 Home bult Newtonian Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 Exposure: See images Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 2/10, Transparency 9/10 Outside Temperature: 40F - Very high winds! Processing Tools: Maxim DL, Photoshop CS2 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS