Comet Lovejoy from California

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Comet Lovejoy from California
Posted by DaveMitsky on Monday, December 02, 2013 1:58 AM

The following videos of Comet Lovejoy were shot on December 1st using an image intensifier and two different Takahashi telescopes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YcOC1nPkMU&feature=youtu.be

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XICpjM0BaeI&feature=youtu.be

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Posted by Bullfox on Monday, December 02, 2013 11:52 AM

Dave,

What is the current magnitude of Lovejoy?

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Monday, December 02, 2013 3:41 PM

Comet Lovejoy was at a peak magnitude of +4.5 on December 1st, according to the ephemeris posted at http://laps.noaa.gov/albers/ast/eph/lovejoy.2013R1.co.html

There's a light curve posted at http://www.aerith.net/comet/catalog/2013R1/2013R1.html

The IAU ephemeris magnitude figures do not reflect correctly on how well this comet has performed. 

Comet Lovejoy is reportedly a relatively easy naked-eye object from a dark site.

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Posted by StarFarmer on Monday, December 02, 2013 3:49 PM

C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy) is projected to be at magnitude 5.8 during its "Best Seen" time of 18.3hr-18.8hr this evening according to CalSky.com. This is for NW OK (Central Time) and my location.  Of course the comet may be seen fore and aft of this but it's when it should be the brightest. It's in the constellation Bootes.

I have clouds.

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Monday, December 02, 2013 4:39 PM

Magnitude reports by experienced comet observers posted on two comet mailing lists last week were in line with the figures in the ephemeris that I posted, which makes the comet brighter than the CalSky and Heavens Above estimates.

Dave Mitsky

Sic itur ad astra!

Chance favors the prepared mind.

A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.

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