Comet Lovejoy passes Seven Sisters (M 45) on Jan 19, 2015

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About this Image

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is a long-period comet discovered on 17 August 2014 by Terry Lovejoy using a 0.2-meter (8 in) Schmidt–Cassegrain telescope. It was discovered at apparent magnitude 15 in the southern constellation of Puppis. In January 2015, it brightened to roughly magnitude 4, and became one of the brightest comets located high in a dark sky since comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) in 1997
The apparent distance between the comet's nucleus and M45 in that night is approx. 9.5 degree.

Technical Details


Nikkor 200mm f/2.0 G2 ED at f/2.8

Mount Chart32 fork mount piggyback
Camera Nikon D810A with remote timer
Date Jan 19, 2015
Location CTIO Chile
Sky Conditions mag 21.5 sky, temperature 10-15 C
Exposure 9x5min at ISO400 combined as 2-part mosaic
Programs used ImagesPlus
Photoshop CS5