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#1 gasman

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 11:40 PM

Hi chaps
Decided to move away from Nova Del on the night of the 4th 1.gif and had a go at Comet Lovejoy and was surprised at how bright it was and had to over expose to show any sort of tail. I slewed to the comets position using Cdc coords and thought I`d got M13 at first!!. Think it shows slightly more detail in negative and just make out a slight tail. I tried to plate solve the image but Maxim or AA5 didn`t like it for some reason so I`m 99% sure it is the comet just a slight niggle with not being able to confirm its coordinates.

 

 

Lovejoycropped.jpg

 

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 08:10 AM

Shame the image wouldn't plate solve Steve.

 

Still it does look like a comet and you have definitely caught what looks like the tail.

 

Perhaps a manual search using Stellarium might be in order?

 

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 07:25 PM

Hmmm. According to the charts I'm reading, Lovejoy was not in Hercules on the 4th but was in Cancer near the Beehive M44. The other comets Encke and Ison are also early morning appearances. Maybe I'm totally off but that is from a web search. Look at the recent post here on the forum entitled "Four Morning Comets" and look at those charts which show the same thing. Maybe you've discovered something Steve! 

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 09:21 AM

Sorry Dave what I meant to say was it 'looked' like m13, I was pointing in the right direction ;-).
I've managed some more shots and done a platesolve and it is Lovejoy.
Just trialing Maxim and had the solve settings set too low!
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Posted 09 November 2013 - 12:50 PM

Nice work Steve. I have heard others say while ISON is getting all the press these days, Lovejoy is actually much brighter now and higher in the sky.

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 04:32 PM

A guy from another forum (Francis - fwm891) has suggested that Lovejoy may well have split in two !.

This is a shot I did of Lovejoy on the 7th and does indeed show `something` happening with the comet, don`t know if anyone else has noticed anything?

 

Lovejoyneg.jpg

 

I think it shows slightly more detail in negative.

 

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Steve

 

 


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