C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by Christopher K. » January 15th, 2015, 10:30 pm

Using the S&T finder chart, I just got Lovejoy up here in Baker in my Orion Explorer 10x50 binoc. It was fairly easy; I recommend anyone trying tonight aim in relation to Aldebaran and the Pleiades. Good luck!
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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by btoman » January 15th, 2015, 11:40 pm

NOW I have a good entry for the AL Comet Observers club.

I used my 20x80 binos tonight easily picking up comet Lovejoy. I even pulled my 10" dob out to get a more magnified view. Much better in the 20x80s in my opinion.

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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by Christopher K. » January 16th, 2015, 4:02 pm

The Baton Rouge sky gets completely dark at 6:52pm. At that time Lovejoy is at an altitude of seventy-four degrees in the south. At Lovejoy's culmination time of 7:40pm it will be 2˚06' east-southeast of K-class, magnitude 4.3 Botein, and 8˚28' southwest of the Pleiades--in other words, it is in a loose conjunction with the star cluster. (This is Lovejoy's first full nighttime period in Aries.)

Please keep in mind, Lovejoy will not return to the inner Solar System for 8000 years. The forecast looks very nice tonight; attempt to see Lovejoy! Use a binoc if one is available.

For those who can get there, the Highland Road Park Observatory will show Lovejoy tonight at various magnifications.

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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by Christopher K. » January 17th, 2015, 1:48 pm

The Baton Rouge sky gets completely dark at 6:52pm. At that time Lovejoy is at an altitude of seventy-seven degrees in the southeast. At Lovejoy's culmination time of 7:31pm it will be exactly a half-degree south-southwest of A-class, magnitude 4.8 Zeta Arietis; 1˚02' north-northeast of K-class, magnitude 4.3 Botein, and 8˚23' west-southwest of the Pleiades. Once again, the Highland Road Park Observatory will show Lovejoy tonight at various magnifications.

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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by Christopher K. » January 18th, 2015, 6:59 pm

Professor Stacy showed Comet Lovejoy to a lot of people at HRPO last night--there were over 90 visits.

The Baton Rouge sky gets completely dark at 6:53pm. At Lovejoy's culmination time of 7:31pm it will be eighty-two degrees up, 8˚52' west of the Pleiades. The sky at this time is very nice; once again an attempt to view this comet is encouraged.
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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by Christopher K. » January 20th, 2015, 6:49 pm

Tom and I were out at HRPO Sunday night. We obtained the comet in the Observatory's 10" Orion Dobsonian.

Lovejoy has dimmed slightly, to about magnitude 4.2. However, it will dim slowly throughout the rest of January so there is plenty of time to see a good view of this very nice comet.

The Baton Rouge sky gets completely dark at 6:55pm. At that time Lovejoy is at an altitude of eighty-five degrees. At Lovejoy's culmination time of 7:04pm it will be 4˚29' north of A-class, magnitude 4.6 Epsilon Arietis; and 2˚32' southeast of the B-class, magnitude 3.6 star 41 Arietis. Although the comet is no longer in conjunction with the Pleiades, panning west of the cluster with a binoc will help locate Lovejoy.

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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by Christopher K. » January 21st, 2015, 5:15 pm

The Baton Rouge sky gets completely dark at 6:55pm. This is basically Lovejoy's culmination time of 6:56pm, and it will have an altitude of eighty-seven degrees. At 6:56pm it will be 1˚05' east of the B-class, magnitude 3.6 star 41 Arietis. Sadly, I see clouds rolling in earlier than forecast.

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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by Christopher K. » January 22nd, 2015, 5:12 pm

Baton Rougeans will not see Lovejoy tonight due to inclement weather. Tomorrow night...maybe but doubtful. However, Saturday night's forecast is very nice. Those who do not have personal observing equipment and who have yet to visit HRPO need to understand, this may be their last chance to see Lovejoy with magnification. 14x to 48x is best, and the comet gives up some of its color.

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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by darkhornet » January 24th, 2015, 7:46 am

So, we're not in BR anymore, but we're finally getting a chance to take a look at the comet. I tried last night with clear skies here, but was having difficulty locating it. Would it still have a tail right now, or is that gone?

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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by Christopher K. » January 24th, 2015, 6:45 pm

There never was a tail to see--that I ever saw.

Right now Lovejoy is about magnitude 4.4 and is between the Pleiades and Triangulum's triangle--though closer to the triangle. The next several nights hopefully will have some very clear skies.

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