Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) between NGC 559 and Sh2-187 on 21 March 2015



      Size: 2000 px    
© Velimir Popov & Emil Ivanov 2014
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) was discovered on 17 August 2014 by Terry Lovejoy using a 0.2-meter (8 in) Schmidt–Cassegrain telescope. It is is a long-period comet.By December 2014 the comet had brightened to roughly magnitude 7.4 making it a small telescope and binoculars target. By mid-December the comet was visible to the naked eye for experienced observers with dark skies. This two panel mosaic shows the comet on March 21th 2015, when the comet was between the open cluster NGC 559 and the emission nebula Sh2-187 (LBN 630). Some dark nebulae can be also seen on this image. Hovering the mouse over will show the names of the objects.

Image details:


Center of field RA 01:25:44 (h:m:s)
Center of field DE 62:36:03 (deg:m:s)
Size 2.03 x 1.31 deg (deg)
Pixel scale: 3.66 (arcsec/pixel)
Orientation: Up is 109 degrees E of N
Charts and image details obtained from
Optic(s): ASA 12" Astrograph @ f/3.6 (Newton)
Mount: ASA DDM85 Standard
Camera: SBIG STL 11000 M
Filters: Luminance, Red, Green, Blue, Astronomik filters
Dates/Times: 21. 03. 2015 18:30 - 20:50 UT
Location: IRIDA Observatory, BG, longitude: E 24 44' 18", latitude: N 41 41' 42"
Exp. Details: L:8x3 min; R:8x3 min, G:8x3 min, B:8x3 min Bin 2, Total Exposure Time - 144 min
More details: Dark and flat frames reduction, Two panel mosaic
Processing: PixInsight / PS
Copyright: Velimir Popov and Emil Ivanov 2014. All Rights Reserved
click tracking