On 1 Jan. 2015, at Virtual Telescope we started the new year imaging comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy, despite an extremely bright, waxing Moon was very high in the sky and not far from the comet’s position.
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 about 30 deg. of altitude above the horizon. The Moon was a severe issue, also because less than 40 degrees apart from the comet and high on the South. But, looking at the results, it was a great way to start this 2015!
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