I observed Comet Lovejoy during January 2015—the cosmic fuzzball was within the constellation of Taurus while I made my crude observations. The previous comet I observed was Comet Hale-Bopp (1995).
Atmospheric conditions (seeing) allowed slight detail to be observed through my telescope, however, Comet Lovejoy’s coma was quite discernible (about magnitude 4.5), but it wasn’t too bright. I was not able to see a tail, but a long photographic exposure eventually revealed a subtle one.
Technical issues prevented me from acquiring better photographic exposures (broken mount). Trailing is evident and the focus could of been tuned.
I photographed Comet Lovejoy during a few cold nights in January 2015. The comet’s ethereal tail brightened and so did the coma, revealing the comet’s fuzzy existence.
Date: January 2015
Photographic Telescope: Orion 70mm modular scope
Observing Telescope: Orion Apex 102mm Maksutov
Camera: Canon Rebel XSi
Lenses: Canon EF 100mm macro USM, Canon EF 50mm macro, Canon EF 24mm (prime)
Mount: Orion German Equatorial