Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy: a new image (29 Dec. 2014)
On 29 Dec. 2014, despite the bright waxing Moon, we imaged comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy again.
The image above comes from the average of seven, 120-seconds unfiltered exposures, remotely collected with the PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project. The telescope tracked at the apparent rate of the comet.
The object was at 25 deg. of altitude above the horizon. A bright waxing Moon was relatively high on the west, making harder to see the faint features of the ion tail.
Support The Virtual Telescope Project!
If everyone reading this right now would donate something, our fundraiser would be done in a few days. Please, donate and receive an exclusive, LIMITED EDITION image of potentially hazardous asteroids taken by the Virtual Telescope, specifically made for supporters like you!
donate now (you can adjust the amount later)