Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Comet Lovejoy!

The clouds in southern Arizona have finally cleared and this evening I got a nice look at Comet Lovejoy.
Here's a 10 second shot taken with a 55mm lens showing the Pleiades (aka the Seven Sisters) star cluster (upper left), Comet  Lovejoy (greenish blob just below center) and the streak of a faint satellite (lower middle).

The comet is bright enough to be seen without optical aide from moderately dark skies, but an easy target with binoculars. It's not spectacular, but very nice and well worth look at. 
Venus and Mercury are still together in the evening sky. This isn't the best shot, but here they are with the fainter star Theta Capricorni makiing a triangle between them.

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