Tuesday, 20 January 2015


Comet Lovejoy has been visible this month, the following chart below gives the flight path. Although the moon has caused problems early in the month

C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy is already glowing at magnitude +4.5 and still heading north at a rate of about 2° per day. This animation shows the position of the comet at 9 pm GMT (21h UT) every night from 6th—16th January, around the time it's highest in the sky to the south from the British Isles. The chart shows stars down to the 7th magnitude, making it suitable for binocular users. For scale, the map is about twice the span of an outstretched hand at arm's length wide (~40°) and most binoculars would easily encompass the three stars of Orion's Belt to the lower left. Static nightly charts may be found below. AN graphic by Ade Ashford

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Trying to photograph the comet was at the top of my list for this month but as usual the weather has been poor, with many days of gales, rain and snow.

Mid month provided a couple of opportunities the first though was a windy night and the photos came out poor. The second on Saturday 17 January 2015 provided a slightly less windy night, no light pollution from the moon and better photos although I am still not satisfied.

At least I manage to catch a bit of aurora activity.

The weather forecast is poor throughout next week, so that might be that as it wont return for 800 years.

Jupiter was also showing with its moons and although I took 25 photos before the clouds came in the one below as the best out of the bunch

No telescope was used only a DSLR most with the Nikon 18-200 mm lens