I was trying to get a negative view of Comet Lovejoy’s tail to show the most detail and I stumbled upon this view. It looks just like an eyeball. LoL! 🙂
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Here’s the StarStreaks version:
Finally, here’s the StarFreeze version:
I don’t shoot very many deep sky images with a moon past first quarter, but with comets I can make an exception. Lovejoy is a really photogenic comet and it even looks good in poor conditions. Clouds came in and I had to stop imaging after shooting less than 20 sub-images. But, with this comet, 51 minutes of integration was enough to show it without blurring due to the tail rotation that is evident in my previous animated GIF images.
Speaking of animated GIF’s, I created one with the last 3 days of images. On the second day, I put two images in – one from the beginning of the imaging session and one at the end of the session. It doesn’t show much except the tail flapping around. Part of that might be due to a difference in camera orientation. Anyway, I include it below as another part of the documentation of Comet Lovejoy Q2’s activity:
Full frame view of the moon taken while waiting for Comet Lovejoy to come into view.
My prediction that the tail of Comet Lovejoy would display a structure seen 9 days before the date of this image has failed. There is no resemblance to the appearance of the comet from 9 days before and the comet actually exhibits features I have not seen before.
Very strong moonlight hindered getting good images. The moon was just past first quarter and was right below the comet. I guess I’m lucky to get what I got. I’m still investigating the rotation aspect of the tail structures and why it appears to take 9 days to complete one revolution.
I was shooting Comet Lovejoy and this event was going down before midnight, so I slewed over and caught some images of it.