Lovejoy Q2 & The Pleiades – Another Wide Field View

Canon 18-55mm Telephoto at 55mm, F/5.6, 16x480 sec @ ISO 3200
Comet Lovejoy Q2 & The Pleiades.  16×480 sec @ ISO 1600, Canon 18-55mm Telephoto at 55mm, F/5.6,, Lumicon Deep Sky Filter, modified Canon XS.  Dark version.
omet Lovejoy Q2 & The Pleiades. 16×480 sec @ ISO 1600, Canon 18-55mm Telephoto at 55mm, F/5.6,, Lumicon Deep Sky Filter, modified Canon XS. Lighter version.

The Canon kit lens that came with my camera sat unused for so long, I figured I should at least test it a bit for astro use.   This is the second time I used it.  But, no matter how hard I tried, the focus was never very good and I had to repair the misshapen stars in Photoshop.

Comet Lovejoy and the Pleiades – Wide Field

Comet Lovejoy and the Pleiades. 17x120 sec @ ISO 1600, 55mm F/5.6, Canon XS (modified.)
Comet Lovejoy and the Pleiades. 17×120 sec @ ISO 1600, 55mm F/5.6, Canon XS (modified.)

On Sunday, January 18, 2015, the skies were finally crystal clear.  I used a 18-55mm Canon kit lens and shot Lovejoy Q2 with it.   Not exactly the image scale I wanted, but I needed to test that lens anyway, since I’ve never used it before.

I did not have an LP filter for this and it shows.  I went 2 minutes at F/5.6 and it was almost too much.  With the Lumicon or IDAS filters I own, I could go 5 to 8 minutes easily.

Update:   Improved Image

Comet Lovejoy with Canon 200mm F/2.8

Comet Lovejoy Q2 taken with a Canon 200mm F/2.8 telephoto lens. 24x120 sec @ ISO 1600, 72mm Lumicon Deep Sky Filter, Canon XS (modified.)
Comet Lovejoy Q2 taken with a Canon 200mm F/2.8 telephoto lens. 24×120 sec @ ISO 1600, 72mm Lumicon Deep Sky Filter, Canon XS (modified.)
Comet Lovejoy Q2 taken with a Canon 200mm F/2.8 telephoto lens. (StarStreaks version.) 24x120 sec @ ISO 1600, 72mm Lumicon Deep Sky Filter, Canon XS (modified.)
Comet Lovejoy Q2 taken with a Canon 200mm F/2.8 telephoto lens. (StarStreaks version.) 24×120 sec @ ISO 1600, 72mm Lumicon Deep Sky Filter, Canon XS (modified.)

Here’s the shot I wanted to get the other day, but I missed it.  On this night, I devoted more time to imaging with the 200mm telephoto than I did the TV-85, because I really wanted to see it with the telephoto.   Unfortunately, my Bogen ball-head camera mount did not hold well with the camera oriented in a portrait mode to get the full length of the comet.  I had to orient it landscape and that cut some of the tail off.  But, at least I got a good portion of it with this arrangement.