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Comet with naked eye coma Lovejoy - 21.1.2015 at 23.00 Hämeenlinna Observation number 33362

Visibility III / V

Emma Bruus, Ursa (Etelä-Suomi)

After more than a week of cloud cover, I drove from work toward home. Surprisingly, a clear, albeit slightly hazy, sky opened in front of him.

What does Lovejoy have? I stopped the car and clumsy out. Oh the head of the comet is visible to the naked eye! Behind the car was a semi-serious set of emergency equipment. I looked thoughtfully at the sky: there would be no good pictures in this fog. I dug my cell phone out of my pocket and looked at the weather forecasts: the next 10 days it would rain or it would be cloudy. If! Well, we know that.

I jumped in my jacket over ice fishing overalls and dug stuff from the back cover. Meininki was anything but a pro: the tripod was thrown upright and I didn't get the desired shutter speeds. On the other hand, the approaching Cloudiness did not favor sweating and fine-tuning.

I would pull a few handfuls of pictures with the settings 15s-30s ISO 3200-6400, fed them to the Deep Sky stacker, cursed for two weeks. software features.

The glow of the star next to the comet barely reveals water vapor in the atmosphere. The tail, however, became a little visible when a couple of evenings were spent on maneuvering and digging: P

Additional information
  • Observation target
    • Comet
  • Name of the observation target
    • C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
    • Keskitaso
  • Title for the comet
    • Comet with naked eye coma
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