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6/26/2015

Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 at FR006 Site 1 June 17th, 2015

On my observing session on June 16th-17th, 2015, Daniel, my long time observing companion and friend found Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 using my 17.5 dob and the Explore Scientific 30mm 82 degree eyepiece. I discussed this in my post which is two below this one, but wanted to include my sketch here.  I was having trouble with my camera taking my sketching pictures but finally resolved that issue so here is that sketch.

Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2
01:50a.m. MDT (est. I did not record the exact time)
FR006 Site 1 Vernon UT
Antoniadi II
17.5" Dob
30mm ES 82 degree eyepiece; 12mm TeleVue Delos, 10mm Pentax XW;
No Filter

Beautiful view in the ES 30mm 82 degree eyepiece! Just breath taking. Comet Lovejoy's core looks very much like a galaxy, with a bright inner core region and a brightness surrounding that area.  Then it differs from a galaxy as the tail is very apparent behind it, fanning out with ribbons into what I saw as 3 main tails.  Beautiful!!!! Well worth the time to really observe this one and if you sketch, sketch it!

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