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C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy: a new mosaic (18 Feb. 2015)

 

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy: 18 Feb. 2015

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy: 18 Feb. 2015

A new image of comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy was taken last night via the Virtual Telescope, continuing the amazing coverage we provided over the last almost two months.

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.

We provide also a negative palette, making easier to see the complex pattern of the tail.

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