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