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.