Photo Gallery:Comet Lovejoy
Comet Lovejoy (C/2011 W3)
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DateJanuary 14th 2012
EquipmentCanon 5DII, 14mm lens, Astrotrac mount. 20x60'' exposures stacked with DeepSkyStacker
DescriptionThe photo shows comet lovejoy on its way to deep space. On January 14th the comet was no longer visible to the naked eye or binoculars but was easy to spot with the camera. The comet was just accross the Large Magellan Cloud with its tail extending all the way to Canopus.
PhotographerRicardo Jose Cavallini
LocationBatatais - SP - Brazil
EquipmentCâmera Sony DSC HX1
DescriptionPhoto of Comet C/2011 W3 (Lovejoy) made in the rural town of potatoes - SP - Brazil on 24/12/2011 The tail was visible from horizon to 25 °
LocationPoocher Swamp, Bordertown, South Australia
DateDecember 25th 2011
EquipmentNikon D7000, Tokina 12-24mm lens, tripod, 60sec, ISO 3200, f4 at 12mm.
DescriptionWhen I arrived at my location there was quite a lot of lightning on the eastern horizon which gave a nice glow in the image. The night was so still so I was able to get some nice reflections in the water as well.
LocationMercedes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
DateDecember 23rd 2011
EquipmentCanon 5DII, 25'' ISO3200, F2.8, 35mm. Tripod. Astrotrac Mount.
DescriptionComet Lovejoy is displaying a great show in the south hemisphere. On December 23rd it was easy to see it from 3am to 4:30 am from rural areas of Argentina. The tail was 22 degrees long and the two tails were easy to see with the naked eye. A beautiful visitor.
LocationSenic Lookout, Newcastle, Australia
Date04:15 am local time (AEST) 24 Dec 2011
EquipmentCanon 600D DSLR. 50mm f1.8 lens @f1.8. Fixed tripod
DescriptionImage is 43 six second ISO1600 images aligned and stacked. Total time 4.3 minutes. Comet was rising over the Pacific Ocean.
LocationBloemfontein, South Africa
Date24/12/2011 03:54 (UT+2)
EquipmentCamera: Canon 20D Lens: EOS 18-55mm Aperture: F4 Focal Lenth: 18mm Exposure: 36sec ISO: 800 Tripod mounted, no drive. Location: 29 21' 14.1"E 26 00' 40.56" S
DescriptionWe had clouds since Lovejoy was visible in the Southern Hemosphere. This morning had clear skies for the first time and I went 30km out into the contryside to avoid the city lights. I could see the amazing tail since I got to my spot at 02:45 (UT+2) though the head was still under the horizon. The ISS passed overhead from WNW but only became visible at 03:12 as it went down SE.
LocationFranca - SP - Brazil
Date2011-12-24 07:50 [UT]
EquipmentNikon D-4 (ED 18-55; 1:3.5 - 5.6 GII) Fixed tripod ISO 1600 f/4 - 20s EV +3
DescriptionThe comet C/2011W3 Lovejoy 1 hour before sun rise
LocationFederal University of São Carlos campus, São Carlos, Brazil,
DateDecember 24, 2011, 7h30 GMT
EquipmentCanon T2i, 50mm lens@f/4, 10s exposure, ISO 1600, fixed tripod
DescriptionComet C/2011 W3 Lovejoy continues its fabulous morning displays in southern skies. A true Christmas gift! Near the nucleus is open cluster NGC6231, itself nicknamed "False Comet" cluster.
LocationStanwell Tops, NSW, Australia
Date25 December, 2011 at 4:17am
EquipmentCanon 7D, 18mm lens, f/3.5, 10" exposure
DescriptionA Christmas Comet. For Sydneysiders, Christmas morning was perfect with Santa delivering the best present of all – clear skies! Comet Lovejoy was easy to see in the pre-dawn skies with the tail stretching upwards beside the Milky Way and the Southern Cross. It certainly brought joy to about 15 or so astronomers and photographers at Stanwell Tops.
PhotographerGraeme White and Michael Maher
LocationWagga Wagga, Australia
DateChristmas eve, at 04:00 local Summer time
EquipmentNikon D90, 18 mm f/3.5 at maximum ISO and with full noise reduction on Losmandy mount, 90 sec exposure. Photo taken in deep twilight.
DescriptionComet Lovejoy photographed from Wagga Wagga, Australia. By eye, no head could be seen but it photographed well. Head is in Scorpio and tail extends up into Centaurus. The Milky Way is to the right of the comet.