Comet Lovejoy


Comet Lovejoy (also known as C/2014 Q2) is a long-period comet discovered August 17, 2014, by Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy. On January 7, 2015, it was  43,600,000 mi. from Earth, its closest approach. Its next visit to Earth will be in about 8000 years. 

Technical Information    
Date:              January 3, 2015
Location:        Green Valley, Arizona
Telescope:      Takahashi FSQ-106EDX
Camera:         SBIG STT-8300M
Filters:            Astrodon Gen 2
Mount:            AstroPhysics 1200
Exposure:       Lum = 13 x 30 sec., all unbinned
Software:        Acquisition: Maxim DL 5, TheSkyX, Pinpoint, CCD Commander
                       Processing: CCDStack, PhotoShop CS6 with various plugins