Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy With M79 in Lepus
in the Evening sky
December 28, 2014

 This is a second set of images of the comet with the deep sky object using the 80mm refractor. With a half moon interfering, the tail was a bit harder to capture on this night. The field here is nearly 3 degrees wide.

 Standard LRGB image, 2 minutes per color. The globular custer is the ruddy object to the left of the comets green head.

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 This is a "Median" combined stack, which tends to blur out the stars and make them much fainter so you can bring the tail up more clearly. This method is very powerful for viewing the faintest details in comet tails, but the stars are fuzzy blob remnants.

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Lens: Stellarvue SV80s with .8x FR Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 Exposure: LRGB = 10:2:2:2 Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 2/10, Transparency 5/10 Outside Temperature: 25F Processing Tools: Maxim DL, Photoshop CS2 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS