Comet Lovejoy 
Comet C/2014Q2 "Lovejoy " is now visible from the Northern hemisphere. It appeared brightest on 10 January 2014 and will be visible for several more weeks as it gets closer to the sun before Perihelion on January 30th.
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Image details:
Camera: Canon 20D
Telescope: Megrez 80 Super Apo
Exposures: 19 minutes total, approx. 50second each
Stacking: Deep Sky Stacker in Comet+Stars mode
Processing: PixInsight LE and The GIMP


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Jupiter and a Comet 
On the night of 6 October I captured some more pictures of Jupiter. This one is a stack of 1440 frames, selected from 4000 captured with a ToUCam Pro 740 using K3CCDTools. Stacking and wavelet processing was done in Registax 5, while some further sharpening and cleaning up in The Gimp.

When capturing the images I thought that it looked rather steady. In fact the seeing turned out to be pretty good, and a reasonable result came out.


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Earlier that evening I went looking for comet 103P/Hartley 2. This comet is getting slightly brighter, it is hoped that it will be visible (just) to the unaided eye over the next few days. After that the moon will be getting too bright to see it so well. It's currently in Cassiopeia, moving towards the double cluster in Perseus.

This picture was taken using my Canon EOS 300D. I took 14 photos of 40 seconds each, at ISO 800. They were combined using Deep Sky Stacker and further processed using PixInsight LE.


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Comet 103P/Hartley2 
On 4 October I got my first view of a comet that's been raising hopes among amateur astronomers of seeing a brightish comet in our sky.

I still haven't seen Comet 103P/Hartley2 in binoculars, but I saw it the other day through my Megrez 80 telescope and captured this image.

This is a stack of 14x40second images, stacked using Deep Sky Stacker and processed using PixInsight LE.

The night was humid and hazy and getting more hazy - I tried to capture some more images through colour filters but by then the humidity in the air had increased to the point that even brighter stars were looking like comets.

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