Comet Lovejoy

This weekend we had one clear morning, clear enough to tempt Susan and myself to wander out into the 18 degree F temperatures and seek out the brighter of the comets visible this December, c/2013 R1 Lovejoy. At 3:00am we were huddled together by the camera tripod using binoculars to sweep an area 25 degrees to the northeast of Arcturus. No go. The camera found it first. As the comet rose, it obtained an altitude away from the Route 108 Exeter lights and into darker sky. Here is the result of a 5 minute stack of images at 1000 iso through a Nikon D7000. Not even close to the amazing quality shots taken from true dark sky sites…. some better than this with only single 6 second exposures. Sigh.  Click for full size….

Comet 2013 R1 Lovejoy. JABlackwell. 1000iso Nikon D7000 8 December, 2013.

Comet 2013 R1 Lovejoy. JABlackwell. 1000iso Nikon D7000 8 December, 2013.

About johnb

- Director of Grainger Observatory, Phillips Exeter Academy. - Variable-star-crazed astronomer, but have done research in other areas. - Drummer, archer, pilot, chef, friend, pet owner, husband, father, Train-nut.
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