25 December 2014: Comet Lovejoy from Brunei (Update)

Comet Lovejoy C2014 from Brunei on Dec 25 2014 - Hazarry bin Haji Ali Ahmad
Comet Lovejoy C2014 from Brunei on Dec 25 2014

December 25, 2014, Brunei – After the waxing moon set, clouds began to clear out making tonight’s sky an excellent night to gaze the stars.

I got all of my equipment ready – an Orion Astroview 120 telescope placed on an iOptron Alt-Az mount and hooked my Canon EOS 650D on to the scope – a simple setup to photograph the comet.

Set up the scope, align it with Jupiter and slewed to RA 06h00m16s DEC -32ยฐ29’44” to point aboveย the South-Eastern sky.

Orion Astroview 120 ST mounted on the iOprton AltAz
Orion Astroview 120 ST mounted on the iOprton AltAz

Spotted! There was a green fuzzy cloud, the comet Lovejoy C2014 Q2, in the constellation of Columba.

The comet was easily spotted in my telescope. It came to my surprise that the comet is now “tail-less”ย when comparing from my last observation, that was two days ago. Despite of its very faint tail, the coma has now quite a bit brighter than before. Astronomy community reported that was now at magnitude +5, which should be visible to the naked eyes under an excellent dark sky.

So, keep looking up! You never know what may come.

For star charts and Ephemeris for Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) to guide youย  in your observationย click here.

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