Comets

Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2)

 

Discovered by Terry Lovejoy in August 2014 from Brisbane, Queensland. This is my first attempt at photographing a Comet, and I was surprised to find it moves very quickly across the sky. After several trial and error attempts, I finally found one solution, and I am quite pleased with this result using a Vixen VC200L telescope and SBIG STT-8300M camera on January 31st, 2015, one night after it reached perihelion (nearest the sun).

Comet 252P/LINEAR

 

This Comet appeared in our Northern skies in April 2016. LINEAR is an acronym for Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research, an MIT Lincoln Laboratory program funded by the U.S. Air Force and NASA. Its team discovered Comet 252P on April 7, 2000.

Comet C/2013 US10 (CATALINA)

 

This Comet is relatively new and came into view as a New Year's Comet, and I managed this monochrome image on January 3, 2016. It had just swept by the bright star Arcturus.