Comet Lovejoy & The Little Dumbbell Nebula – Take Two

Comet Lovejoy & the Little Dumbbell Nebula on Feb 20, 2015, 01:08 UT. 45×60 sec @ ISO 6400, TV-85 at F/5.6, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3. StarFreeze version.

 

Comet Lovejoy & the Little Dumbbell Nebula on Feb 20, 2015, 01:08 UT. 45x60 sec @ ISO 6400, TV-85 at F/5.6, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3.
Comet Lovejoy & the Little Dumbbell Nebula on Feb 20, 2015, 01:08 UT. 45×60 sec @ ISO 6400, TV-85 at F/5.6, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3.  StarStreaks version.
Comet Lovejoy & the Little Dumbbell Nebula on Feb 20, 2015, 01:08 UT. 45x60 sec @ ISO 6400, TV-85 at F/5.6, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3. Comet Only version.
Comet Lovejoy & the Little Dumbbell Nebula on Feb 20, 2015, 01:08 UT. 45×60 sec @ ISO 6400, TV-85 at F/5.6, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3. Comet Only version.
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Comet Lovejoy & the Little Dumbbell Nebula on Feb 20, 2015, 01:08 UT. 45×60 sec @ ISO 6400, TV-85 at F/5.6, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3. Negative view.

 

A closer pairing of Comet Lovejoy and the Little Dumbbell Nebula on the night of Feb 20, 2015, plus another tail disruption event was in progress.

Comet Lovejoy & The Little Dumbbell Nebula

Comet Lovejoy & Little Dumbbell Nebula.  56x60 sec @ ISO 6400, TV-85 at F/5.6, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3.  StarFreeze Version
Comet Lovejoy & Little Dumbbell Nebula on Feb 19, 2015, 01:00 UT.  56×60 sec @ ISO 6400, TV-85 at F/5.6, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3. StarFreeze Version
Comet Lovejoy & Little Dumbbell Nebula.  56x60 sec @ ISO 6400, TV-85 at F/5.6, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3. StarStreaks version.
Comet Lovejoy & Little Dumbbell Nebula. 56×60 sec @ ISO 6400, TV-85 at F/5.6, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3. StarStreaks version.
Comet Lovejoy & Little Dumbbell Nebula.  56x60 sec @ ISO 6400, TV-85 at F/5.6, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3.  Negative view.
Comet Lovejoy & Little Dumbbell Nebula. 56×60 sec @ ISO 6400, TV-85 at F/5.6, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3. Negative view.

The last significant encounter with another Messier object for Comet Lovejoy Q2 before it dims down more and moonlight eventually spoils the view.   The best part of the apparition is about over.  From now on, the comet will get fainter as it recedes from Earth and heads back out into deep space.

Its has been a fun time imaging this bright comet over the last two months.   I had good public exposure with 2 news organizations publishing two of my images, one of them being NBCNews.com.   Hopefully, another bright comet will soon appear and put on another show for us.   I’m keeping my fingers crossed.   🙂

Comet Lovejoy Fades – Lost Lots of Its Tail

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) on Feb 15, 2015, 01:32 UT.   47x60 sec @ ISO 3200, TV-85 at F/5.6, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3 (stock.)
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) on Feb 15, 2015, 01:32 UT. 47×60 sec @ ISO 3200, TV-85 at F/5.6, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3 (stock.)

Looks like the disconnection event over the last two days has shortened Lovejoy down to a nub.  I expect that it might grow back a new tail, hopefully.

Here’s an another version of the data, but I added 35 minutes more of exposure to the mix:

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) on Feb 15, 2015, 01:32 UT.   7x300sec @ ISO 1600 and 47x60 sec @ ISO 3200, TV-85 at F/5.6, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3 (stock.)
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) on Feb 15, 2015, 01:32 UT. 7x300sec @ ISO 1600 and 47×60 sec @ ISO 3200, TV-85 at F/5.6, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3 (stock.)