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Meteors, Comets & Asteroids
PhotographerVictor C. Rogus
Date11/30/2013 @ 05:00:39 CST
Equipment5 inch apochromatic telescope with Cannon 60Da astro camera on Losmandy G-8 mount
DescriptionHello friends, Beautiful Comet, Lovejoy continues to grace our skies. If at all possible do not miss this chance to see and photograph this passing wonder. Still cold here in Jadwin, Missouri, but not quite as bad as it has been. Sky quality this morning was not the best with a few passing thin clouds, a murky horizon and a bothersome wind gusting in breezy puffs from the West. As you may have guessed by now I favor refractors, and the wind can cause them to jiggle and vibrate and cause them problems in general, more than telescopes of other designs. I tried to make my exposures this morning between the wind gusts. I would listen to the rustling of the pine trees, they would warn me when the wind would start to pick up and I would end my exposure. I say, say, "who needs a wind gauge when you have a pine tree?". This is a 79 second exposure made at f9 with a 5 inch apochromatic refractor. I chose a blistering ISO of 6400, that added some graininess, but this fast speed seemed to capture some detail in the comet's tail that slower speeds were just not picking up as well. Never seems to be a perfect solution, we just do the best we can. This exposure was made at 05:00:39 CST on November 30, 2013 in Jadwin, MO. I know its cold out there and painful to get out of bed, but to my old eyes, Comet, Lovejoy is indeed a naked eye target and something I know you all do not want to miss. So clouds and wind permitting make the effort to get out there and spend some time with this traveler of the night, you will be glad you did! Victor C. Rogus Jadwin, MO
PhotographerVictor C. Rogus
Date11/28/2013 @ 04:20:18 CST
Equipment5 inch apochromatic refracting telescope on Losmandy G-8 GEM Cannon 60Da astro camera
DescriptionYes, indeed the wee hours are a strange yet wonderful time these days. The sky is alive with meteoric activity while Ursa Major points the way to the mighty Comet, Lovejoy. The slender crescent Moon slid silently above the tree tops in a beauty all its own seemingly to compete for attention with the visitor from the distant Oort Cloud. Quite cold here in Jadwin, Missouri but dressing for the weather makes it bearable, although the tip of my thumb is still a bit numb some five hours after I made this image. The photo was made at 04:20:18 on this Thanksgiving morning. Many meteors caught my eye as I worked in the dark and cold. In my experience with comets I have always felt that meteor activity picks up when there is one (or more) comets in the sky. I am not sure if this is true or not but it is my own opinion. From all of us here in "Hundred Acre Woods" have a wonderful, joyous holiday and if the weather permits set the alarm and take a few moments, and step out into the night to behold this marvel of the darkness. And also wish with me, that "Super Comet", ISON survives its perilous journey passing the Sun to become a sight in December that none of us soon will forget!
Date20 November 2013
EquipmentOlympus 200 mm f4 lens. Canon T2i. Celestron C5+ mount. Nebulosity
DescriptionFrom a city location with a bright moonlit sky Comet Lovejoy was easily visible in 7 x 50 binoculars. 10 exposures of 20 secs were combined with Nebulosity with alignment on the head of the comet.
DateNov 20, 2013 @ 5:31-5:38 am
EquipmentCanon T3i prime focus with 6″ F/9 1370mm Astro-Tech ritchey-chrétien astrograph plus Astro-Tech field flattener. Celestron CG-5 eq mount, and Orion Magnificient Mini Autoguider.
DescriptionComet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy, composed of 7 1-min subs tracking on the comet. Taken the morning of November 20th between 5:31 - 5:38 AM from Observatory Park in Denver, CO.
LocationG.V.Schiaparelli Astronomical Observatory - Varese - Italy
Date13-11-2013 -- 04.58 UT
EquipmentPENTAX 75 mm f6,7 - CCD ST8XME
DescriptionDisconnection event in ioni tail of comet.
LocationVirginia Beach, VA
Date11/15/13 5:00 AM EST
EquipmentCanon 20Da William Optics 66mm f/6 iOptron SkyTracker 60-sec exposure at ISO 1600
DescriptionComet Lovejoy photographer from the bright city lights.
DateNov 11, 2012
EquipmentOrion f/4.7 10-inch reflector and SBIG ST-2000XM imager on a Losmandy G11 mount. Guiding using an Orion ST80 with a DSI Pro 2 imager
DescriptionCombination of five 1x1 binned 480s exposures through a IR Blocking filter.
PhotographerFernando Roquel Torres
LocationCaguas, Puerto Rico
EquipmentMeade LX90, Antares reducer f/6.3, Canon Rebel EOS 450D XSi
DescriptionComet ISON from Caguas, Puerto Rico 11/11/2013
PhotographerChicago Astronomer Joe
Date10 November 2013 - 0400 Hrs
EquipmentC11 SCT CG-5 and remote Ipad Mini + Skyfi Canon Powershot S3
DescriptionFellow Astronomers..... The Chicago Astronomer crew had the opportunity to observe and image two comets in our early morning skies recently. Both comets ISON and Lovejoy were documented and imaged by myself and C.A. members on a cold and gusty session. Comets Linear & Encke were not visible to us at this time, but we tried. Details and full pics here: http://astronomer.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=Observations&thread=4537&page=1 ISON, the "Dud of the Century" would put Kohutek to shame, but the winner here is Comet Lovejoy...which is riding high and at magnitude +6, a decent photographic target....and no body talking about. Superior to ISON for now, but still not a naked-eye object. Visible in my 15x70 binoculars, a nice fuzz patch was enjoyed in the C11...no tail. No plans are made at this time for public viewings of these visitors, but let's see how these comets fair after perihelion and on their way back out. We can do a public session or two. They may flare up...or do nothing. Stay tuned. Astro Joe
DateNov 11, 2013 just after midnight
EquipmentNikon D90, 300mm lens, 3 sec exposure, stack of 15 images.
DescriptionMaking an educated guess as to where the comet would be, I set up my camera to take a series of 3 second exposures every minute. This morning, when I loaded the images to the computer, I was overjoyed (no pun intended) to see that Lovejoy had indeed passed through that tiny section of sky!!