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Comet Lovejoy. The Xmas Comet...

Postby Onslow » Fri Dec 19, 2014 11:18 pm

In December 2011 the southern hemisphere was treated to a Great Comet. Comet Lovejoy had been spotted a few months earlier and the predictions were it would put on a good show for the southern hemisphere people and as it went north, it wourld fade. The only thing was that I don't think anyone expected such a show. The comet was visible to the naked eye extending at least 60 degrees in length. It was really quite an amazing sight. Both images were unguided. 9 Secs at f1.4 ISO 1600. Canon 5Dmk2 with a Canon EF 50mm 1.4 USM. These were taken on the 23rd of December.

1) Comet Lovejoy with the rising moon near sunrise.
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2) Comet Lovejoy with IIRC the International Space Station passing to the right of it in the middle.
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Re: Comet Lovejoy. The Xmas Comet...

Postby TomCofer » Sat Dec 20, 2014 6:35 pm

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Re: Comet Lovejoy. The Xmas Comet...

Postby Ceropegia » Sun Feb 08, 2015 3:50 pm

Quite amazing! When I was a kid, Haley's Comet always held a certain mystique for me. I calculated how old I would be, which at my age at the time seemed ancient, and wondered if I would live that long. I did. It came and left and, sorry to say, I never even sought it out. It was barely visible where I lived at the time. A couple of year later I did drive out into the country to see another comet more visible to the naked eye, but it was tiny in the distance - not easy to spot. Yours was so spectacular (how how I hoped Haley's would be). Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Comet Lovejoy. The Xmas Comet...

Postby PeteD » Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:30 am

Gorgeous!


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