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Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 (my turn at it!)


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Equipment: Canon 7D2, ISO1600, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro at f/2.8, Astronomik CLS CCD filter, 161 x 30s exposures. Took more but rejected a load due to cloud. Tracking background stars unguided with lousy polar alignment.

Processing: Starting with PixInsight, flats, star align, comet align, stack, stretch, DBE, curves, photoshop.

Above is only a comet aligned stack. I've tried to optimise viewing for the tail in this image.

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Thanks. I'm not having fun trying to pick the tail out of the noise from light pollution and think there is scope for others in better locations to do better. Haven't gone through all the other pics yet, but there must be better tails out there! Certainly based on deep sky images by others this should be a relatively easy target, tail and all.

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