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The Details
Object
Comet Lovejoy C/2013 R1
Optics
Astro-Physics 105 mm Traveler @ f/6.3
Platform
Astro-Physics 1200 GTO
Camera
SBIG STL-11000M CCD Camera
Filters
Tru-Balance Gen 2 Luminance filter
Date
25 November 2013
Location
Mount Wilson Observatory - Mount Wilson, CA
Exposure
L 4 x 90 sec 1x1 bin
Software
Maxim DL/CCD, CCDStack, Photoshop CS5
Orientation
Field of View: 03°07'43" x 02°05'03"centered on RA 13h20m42s
DEC +43°17’26” (2000.0) . North angle 358.9°; east 90° CCW from north
Notes
In anticipation of the so-called "comet of the century", Comet Ison, Comet Lovejoy is an overlooked addition to the night sky in November 2013. This spectacular comet is positioned nicely in the early morning northeastern sky for Northern Hemisphere observers. Easily seen with binoculars in late November, it's a great target for imagers.

Note the edge-on galaxy in the upper right corner of the frame. That's NGC 5023, a member of the M51 group at approximately 20 million light years distant, shining with and apparent magnitude of 12.3 in the constellation Canes Venatici. Close inspection of this comet's higher resolution image shows a sprinkling of distant galaxies in the field of view.

 

 

 

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