C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) in Eridanus

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - 6 January 2015
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 6 January 2015

Comet Lovejoy C2014 Q2 in Eridanus
Comet sketched from Wailuku, Maui, HI
Elevation: 450 ft. January 6, 2015
This sketch was executed with pencil on white paper out in my yard and scanned to my MacBook. I reversed the color and labeled it in GIMP. This sketch was rendered when the comet was almost at its brightest in the constellation Eridanus. Although many observers didn’t see the tail as readily as this sketch reveals, I found that I could see it better with averted vision. SkySafari ranked it at a magnitude 5 at that time. In my notes I pointed out three stars almost in a line running west to east and two more further east on a NE to ENE axis, one of which is Struve 536, a double star with a separation of only 1.5 arc seconds. ZI Eri at magnitude 5.2 is to the NNE in line with the tail of the comet. As noted, I used a 2″ Explore Scientific 18mm eyepiece with no filter on a Vixen 104mm refractor. I noted a Transparency of 2 – 3 out of 5 and a Seeing of 4 out of 10. The moon was nearly full in Cancer and low in the east at the time.

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 19 January 2015

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - 19 January 2015
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 19 January 2015


I send one sketch from january of C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) seen with 50X magn.
in my telescope. I could see two faint stripes in the beginning of the tail.
I used pencil (9B) on white paper and inverted. Info on my sketch.
Loc.: Trondheim, Norway.
I also used 10 x 50 binos, and could see a longer, faint tail to east!

Best wishes from Per-Jonny Bremseth.

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 13 January 2015

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - 13 January 2015
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 13 January 2015

Object Name C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
Object Type comet
Location Budy Dłutowskie – small village in central Poland
Date 13.01.2015
Media graphite pencil, white paper, color invert
Telescope binocular Leidory 22×100
Seeing 3/5 (medium)
Transparency 3/5 (medium)
NELM 6 mag

In January 2015 comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) was really bright.
In big 22×100 bino view was really breathtaking.

Clear Sky

C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) – September 1996

C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) - 24-30 September 1996
C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) – 24-30 September 1996


I send you sketches of an early outburst on comet Hale-Bopp!
The observations show the outburst and the expanding dust in the coma!
This is three old sketches, but I hope you enjoy them!
Read my info on the sketch, please!
I used pencil on white paper and inverted.
Loc.: Trondheim, Norway.

Thank you for comments Frank and also others!!!

Best wishes and clear skies to all !

Per-Jonny Bremseth

C / 2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – Beautiful Comet!

C / 2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - 13 February 2015
C / 2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 13 February 2015

Object Name: C / 2014 Q2 Lovejoy- beautiful comet!
Object Type (comet)
Location (Oborniki, Poland)
Date (13-feb-2015)
Equipment: binoculars Vixen 16×80
Object: – Artist: Robert Twarogal (Ignisdei)

There was suburban, slightly hazy sky, although it was clear enough, stabilized by frosty atmosphere.

Beautiful and bright comet reigned today on the border of Perseus and Andromeda near the star Alamah. It was a really marvelous, faint shield, perfectly visible in the wide field of binoculars Vixen 16×80. Also appeared quite delicate colour (as in the planetary nebula) such as glimmer of green. The comet looked like a miniature of asterism swan constellation. 4 star: In the left yellowish HD 1152, in the middle blue-and-white Hd 11188, and on the right white HR 526

The comet core flowed through the center of Hd 11188 star. At the bottom of asterism was like miniature Albireo – yellow SAO 37533,

My Vixen showed also almost visible beam which climbed up. This jet (tail of the comet) was extremely faint and diffuse, shooting up like a geyser!

I encourage you to observe C / 2014 Q2 Lovejoy-beautiful comet!

Yours Robert

Lovejoy / M76 Rendez-vous.

M76 and C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - 19 February 2015
M76 and C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 19 February 2015

Object Name (M76 & C2014/Q2 Lovejoy)
Object Type (Planetary nebulae and Comet)
Location (Observatoire Astronomique de Bauduen – Verdon – France)
Date (2015-02-19 / 21:00LT)
Media (graphite pencil, on white paper, paint.net and MS Gif animator)

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) animation
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) animation

Once again I had the opportunity to use the fast (3.3) 24″ reflector made by Olivier Planchon. The EP used is a 2″, 31mm Nagler.
The C2014/Q2 Lovejoy comet fades out on its way back. In the same FOV we can see M76 a planetary nebulae. The NGC number is double because when discovered people suspected that this was a double nebulae (NGC 650 & NGC 651). The distance of M76 is still unknown.
During our 1 hour session we were able to observe the displacement of the proto-nucleus facing a nice m= 8.7 K5 red star, SAO 22504. The separation was here only 1’. To make this small gif animation I made 7 sketches to indicate the relative positions.
The light of this star takes 1400 years through the coma to reach our planet while the light takes only 10 minutes from Lovejoy to us.
That was a nice double rendez-vous!

Clear sky to you all!

Michel Deconinck

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 11 January 2015

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - 11 January 2015
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 11 January 2015

Object Name: C/2014Q2 Lovejoy

Object Type: Comet

Date: 1/11/2015

Location: A Coruña, Galicia. Spain.

Media: pencil, white paper, color invert and enhance with Gimp.

Binoculars Miyauchi Galaxy BJ-100 /45º

SeeIng: 3/5 (good).

This is my last drawing of Lovejoy comet. the comet shows an intense light and his tail extends beyond the field of view, being weaker and looking better by moving the binoculars.
the background of stars and the comet give a lovely image.

C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy by 12-year-old Cillian Murphy

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - 26 January 2015
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 26 January 2015

C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy January 26th 2015 20:18 UT at St Cronans National School Bray Co Wicklow
Telescope – 200 mm FL 1,200 mm / 32mm / 37X Alt 63.69 SQM 17.04 M1 4.4 Moon 46% DC 6 Constellation Triangulum

Cillian Murphy St Cronans Stargazers Astronomy Club – Age 12 years Pencil sketch on white paper .

Despite the strong moonlight Cillian was observant and managed to produce a sketch of Comet Lovejoy during our first club meeting of the season. Our observations and Cillian’s drawing were helped greatly as the school secretary kindly turned off the lights in the car park.

Great job Cillian !

Deirdre Kelleghan

Website http://deirdrekelleghan.net

Cillian Murphy Drawing Comet Lovejoy
Cillian Murphy Drawing Comet Lovejoy

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 19 January 2015

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - 19 January 2015
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 19 January 2015


This sketch show the inner coma seen in 166x magnification!
The false nucleus was diffus and had a flat intensityprofil (not stellar).
An outstream from nucleus to south was observed and a fainter to north.
Two faint streamers was seen to east (tail).
In 10 x 50 binos., I could see a round and diffuse comet with a very faint,
long tail. The dia. of coma was estimated to 18 arcmin.
The coma was grey, D.C. : 4, Mag.: 4.2.
This time the comet was high on the sky, and easy to observe!

Best wishes from Per-Jonny Bremseth.

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 24 January 2015

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - 24 January 2015
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 24 January 2015

Object Name: 2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
Object Type: Comet
Location: Deventer, The Netherlands
Date: Januari 24, 2015
Media: Graphite pencil on white paper

Could it be any better? A nearly finished newly built telescope, clear skies after a full week of clouds, a bright comet visible from my backyard practically made for a scope this size…
I made a sketch of comet Lovejoy through my 150mm f/4 Dobsonian. At first sight I couldn’t spot the tail, but as my eyes became more and more dark adapted, a faint tail began to grow larger and larger. It remained faint but the shape was well visible: quite narrow, slightly brighter near the coma, and gradually widening towards the east. Unfortunately I did not detect the greenish color some reported. In the sketch north is up, east is left.

Clear Skies!
Roel Weijenberg