Astronomy

Observing Log for

Session Details


Thomson Street, Aberdeen

57.1517, -2.1225

10m

Notes

Blustery, chilly, clear skies.

Observations

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy

With the Moon now out of the picture this was my first good opportunity to observe Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy as it slowly rose through the winter constellations of Orion and Taurus. Now in Taurus some distance from the Hyades the comet was easy to pick up as a puff of light in the finderscope. Through the 40mm eyepiece it was a bright, pale green ball of fuzz surrounding a pinpoint nebula. I used higher magnification and with averted vision could detect the distorted shape of the coma. I used the 50mm lens on my dSLR to get a widefield shot of the comet.

Comet C2014/Q2 Lovejoy, on Flickr

1x6s exposure at ISO 800, 50mm at f/1.8, processed using Aperture.