Comet Lovejoy C/2013 R1
 From the Balcony observing location 
December 26th, 2013

 The moon is just under half, about 45% or so, and the comet has finally risen higher than last month, now in the constellation of Hercules. Around mag 5.5 this comet has developed a long ion tail seen here in this composite of two frames spanning 8 degrees. Both were 20 minutes each with the 80mm Zeiss APO on the Televue GEM mount. The comet can be now imaged in the last hour of darkness before the morning twilight.
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Lens: 80mm f/4.4 with compressor Zeiss / Stellarvue APO Platform: Televue GEM Exposure: 40m RGB Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 7/10, Transparency 8/10 Outside Temperature: 25F Processing Tools: Maxim DL, Photoshop CS2 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS