There's no trace of a tail in these pictures. That's just a consequence of the light pollution. When you see a copy of one of the raw images (left) used to make the above picture it's no real surprise that I'm struggling to find detail in the comet. Thanks Newcastle!
As usual I'm using IRIS to reduce the impact of that orange background.
Comet 2014 Q2 Lovejoy continues to head north towards the celestial equator. The view is improving every evening. Or at least it would if the moon wasn't around.
Here are a couple of pictures of Comet Lovejoy taken from my home in Red Row, Northumberland:
The picture on the left was a short exposure taken with my Nikon D80 on a fixed tripod looking towards the south. There's a lot of light pollution but the camera just about picks up the comet. It was easily visible with binoculars and I estimated the diameter of the coma to be about 20 arcminutes. The picture on the right was a stack of 9x60 second exposures. The images were centred on the comet and, since it's moving through space, the stars are trailed.
Moonlight is going to prevent me getting more pictures until after the first week of January. By that time Comet Lovejoy will be a lot higher in the sky and hopefully twice as bright as it is at the moment.
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Dr Adrian Jannetta. Amateur astronomer, maths teacher and science enthusiast.