Now on its way back to the deep Solar System, comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy is still the queen of the sky, with its ongoing show despite the bright Moon.
The image above comes from the average of six, 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. Two adjacent portions of the sky were imaged, later carefully superimposed, to cover a larger field of view. We used a 3×3 binning, providing the highest sensibility to light, still with a 1.8″/pixel, good resolution for a detailed view. The Moon was very bright.
We provide also a negative palette, making easier to see the complex pattern of the tail.
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