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Comet C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy)


 2013 Nov 19

This recently discovered comet is now bright enough that I was able to find it easily in 15x50 binoculars despite a Full Moon being high in the sky. The only snag was that I had to wait until midnight for it to rise and then a bit longer while it cleared a neighbour's tree. The comet was about halfway between the head of Leo and the "saucepan" part of the Plough.

Canon EOS 5D MkII ISO3200 Canon 100-400mm lens at 400mm f/5.6
HEQ5 mount unguided, 97 x 10s = 16.1 minutes total exposure
2013 Nov 19 00:30:10-00:54:28 UT
From Whitley Bay 55.1N 1.5W 10m asl. Suburban, significant light pollution (6.5 Bortles)

This image is 2.99 x 2.56 degrees. North is up, following left. The bright star to the left of the comet is 55 UMa, mV = 4.76. The Full Moon caused a considerable sky background level (processed away here) which prevented the tail of the comet being obvious. The comet is a month from perihelion yet so there may be more chances to photograph it.

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