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.   🙂

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