Pleiades and Comet Lovejoy

The evening before I took the telescopic image of Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy),  > posted here <  I was busy on my front verandah taking images of it using just a camera on a tripod. The night sky was heavily light polluted (as usual) and this time I chose not to use my light pollution filter. It was in the constellation of Taurus, near the Pleiades.

The Pleiades is a glorious star cluster which is easily visible to the naked eye (provided the light pollution is not too bad). Also known as Messier 45 (or just M45), it is about 430 light years distant. Much closer – and just passing by – was Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy), a fantastic comet with a very faint tail which I could not pick out. It is green coloured in the second and third images. At this time it was also easily visible at magnitude +4.2 and about 2 arc degrees across.

2015-01-16 Pleiades 55x20sec 200mm f10 ISO1600
2015-01-16 The Pleiades star cluster (55x20sec 200mm f10 ISO1600)
2015-01-16 Pleiades C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy 43x5sec 75mm f3-2 ISO3200
2015-01-16 The Pleiades cluster and Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy (43x5sec 75mm f3-2 ISO3200) (North is right)
2015 Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy 60x15sec 200mm f10 ISO2000
2015 Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy (60x15sec 200mm f10 ISO2000)

Equipment used: Canon 60D, Tamron 70-200mm lens, intervalometer, Vixen Polarie and weighted tripod.

See the telescopic view of Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)  > right here <

All images © R.Powell


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