Thursday, January 22, 2015

Comet to be seen

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) has been discovered by Terry Lovejoy on August, 17th 2014. He used 8 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. The comet was these days in the southern constellation of Puppis.
In mid December 2014 comet has started to be visible for naked eye observations. Of course - under dark sky. On January, 7th 2015 comet passed 70 mln km from Earth. Two days later it crossed celestial equator and become better seen from northern hemisphere. Comet will comet to perihelion on January, 30th 2015 at a distance of 193mln km. Currently the comet is magnificent - its tail spreads for over 15 degrees. On long exposure pictures it hardly fits 100m lens field of view.

Clear skies!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Happy New Year - Fireworks nebula

Weather in my location for several weeks has favoured non astro activities. Meanwhile New Year has come, so I would like to present you Fireworks nebula:

It was just a proper moment to catch this extraordinary cloud of dust and gas illuminated by nearby hot areas. Probably I will do post processing of this image once again to work on star trails.
And also one thing you need to know about star parties :)

Clear skies!