Dec 31, 2014, 04:21 UT. 16×60 sec @ ISO 1600 and 16×240 sec @ ISO 400. TV-85 at F/5.6, IDAS-LPS, Hutech Canon XS.
Finally rising high enough to image where I live, Lovejoy Q2 is already putting on a show. It will be getting even brighter than it is now towards X-mass and the first part of January.
Date: Dec 17, 2014, 07:23 UT
Telescope: C8 w/FR/FF at F/6.3 or 1260mm f.l.
Camera: modified Canon T3
Exposure: 20 x 180 sec @ ISO 3200.
Finally, a clear night and no trees obstructing the view! Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) was out and easily spotted in binoculars. I did some 3 minute exposures and they showed it as a large bright coma and a very faint tail. The light and dark images above are a quick processing job on the sub-images I obtained. Below is a star streak version of the same data that shows the extent of the coma better.
Here is all 20 sub-images I managed to shoot in a quick additive stack. The tail is there but very faint. There was some smearing of the pseudo-nucleus with 3 minute exposures, but I needed to go that long to get a bit of that faint tail.
Well, I got my first images of Comet Lovejoy, C/2014 Q2, but unfortunately, they were all shots that had tree branches in them. The comet was still too low for my location at the time the shots were taken. I have since chopped the trees down that were causing this mess, so hopefully I’ll get something better in the near future. The above animation was all I could salvage from the images.
After the moon had set on Dec 1, 2014, I decided to let the camera and guiding run while I slept and take images of the Horse Head Nebula region. I managed to get 33 good sub-images before the clouds messed up the tracking.