Comet Lovejoy | Successful Sighting

It was about 7 pm local time in Iowa. The temperature was 11˚F (-12˚C). The sky was clear. I scanned the star fields with binoculars to the right of Orion where the chart said to look. There it was. My telescope gathered more light and gave a much better view. It was a pale blue-green fuzzy patch as expected.

It was really cold. My fingers were getting numb. In a hurry, I set up the camera to take several time exposures. Not being able to see the comet in the viewfinder, I guessed that I was pointed at it. I came indoors and checked the memory card. No comet! Darn! I was pointed wrong. I went back out and tried again. This time the comet was in the frame and easily seen.

Time to thaw out under one of Melanie’s quilts and have some rum or scotch. I’m happy.

Comet Lovejoy | C/2014 Q2 | January 12, 2014

Comet Lovejoy | C/2014 Q2 | January 12, 2014

Camera Settings

ISO 1600

Focal Length 19.9 mm

Exposure 10 sec

Aperture f/2.8

White Balance Tungsten Bulb

Photoshop adjusted


15 thoughts on “Comet Lovejoy | Successful Sighting

  1. Hooray for you! I hope you’re warmed up by now. We’re still cloudy here on the coast, too, but they’re saying we’ll be mostly clear Thursday night.

    Love the photo. That’s just what Lulin looked like. I do like that color.

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    • It looks like Thursday it will clear up and be good that evening. I hope it comes true. Get out your binocs and spyglass.

      I am warmed up. The electric blanket is warming the bed. All is well. 🙂


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