Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy with the 200mm Canon lens and M26C OSC camera

This is not only the worst comet image I have ever posted – it is also the worst image I have ever posted.

Still last night was a clear night – even if there was a blazing Moon up – and as beggars’ can’t be choosers I grabbed the chance to image C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy.

Only 4-minute subs and only 13 of them as well, but this was a good dry run IF we get a clear Moonless night when I can do the thing properly.

Some things to note.  I put the camera in portrait mode (long axis vertical) thinking this would be the best way to get the whole tail.  Problem was the tail was so far away from north that I would have been better off leaving the camera in landscape mode where the tail would have easily fitted along the diagonal.  So – the camera has now been returned to landscape mode.

Next – I used 4-minute subs in order to try and get the faint tail – trouble is the comet moves a fair bit in 4-minutes leading to a non-sharp looking image.  Next outing I need to drop to 2-minute subs.  Clearly I don’t want any Moon about if I want to get that faint tail.

Finally – that tail!!  Look at it!!  That is over 5-degrees long – WOWSER 🙂 🙂

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