Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

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Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - January 16, 2015
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – January 16, 2015

Nombre de objeto Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2)
Tipo de objeto:Cometa
Ubicacion: Observatorio Astronomico Orion-San Agustin del Pozo-Zamora-España
Medios: (lápiz de grafito, papel blanco ,Photosop,

Today the clear night with a north wind and cold stayed and had to take before they come clouds in the coming days to observe this comet that can already be seen with the naked eye in the constellation of Taurus and soon passed north .
Today was much better appreciated his tail and was a joy to watch is 30mm eyepiece. With 1.6º field.

Asin and all the drawing I’ve had to make split it did not fit into the eyepiece 1.6º.

Its nucleus is bright star with a magnitude of 4.0 and its tail and 3rd round long.

Vos advise that you observe when you can these days because every day and be farther from Earth.

These are the ephemeris for the remainder of the month.

Fecha AR declinacion r delta mag Elong
17 Ene 2015 03h20m30.44s +18 34′ 32.5″ 1.3054 0.5287 5.0 116.0
18 Ene 2015 03h15m12.93s +20 31′ 33.2″ 1.3032 0.5408 5.1 114.3
19 Ene 2015 03h10m06.31s +22 22′ 57.2″ 1.3012 0.5537 5.1 112.6
20 Ene 2015 03h05m10.54s +24 08′ 47.3″ 1.2993 0.5674 5.2 110.9
21 Ene 2015 03h00m25.57s +25 49′ 10.7″ 1.2976 0.5818 5.2 109.2
22 Ene 2015 02h55m51.27s +27 24′ 17.5″ 1.2961 0.5968 5.2 107.6
23 Ene 2015 02h51m27.46s +28 54′ 20.1″ 1.2948 0.6124 5.3 106.0
24 Ene 2015 02h47m13.96s +30 19′ 32.5″ 1.2936 0.6286 5.3 104.5
25 Ene 2015 02h43m10.50s +31 40′ 09.7″ 1.2926 0.6452 5.4 103.0
26 Ene 2015 02h39m16.85s +32 56′ 27.0″ 1.2918 0.6623 5.4 101.5
27 Ene 2015 02h35m32.71s +34 08′ 40.0″ 1.2912 0.6797 5.5 100.1
28 Ene 2015 02h31m57.80s +35 17′ 04.0″ 1.2907 0.6975 5.5 98.8
29 Ene 2015 02h28m31.82s +36 21′ 53.9″ 1.2905 0.7156 5.6 97.5
30 Ene 2015 02h25m14.46s +37 23′ 24.2″ 1.2904 0.7339 5.7 96.2
31 Ene 2015 02h22m05.44s +38 21′ 48.4″ 1.2904 0.7525 5.7 95.0

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - January 17, 2015
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
– January 17, 2015


From the looks of the ASOD webpage, Comet Q2 Lovejoy is getting the attention it deserves from observers around the globe. Some really fine sketches are here.

I did this high magnification study of the comet using my 35cm Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope under the dark, transparent skies of wintertime rural Appalachia. Even using my lowest magnification eyepiece to give the widest field of view. the head of the comet and the beginning of the ion tail and the dust tail filled the field.

The short fan shaped dust tail stretched from about PA 100° to 170° and was hard to differentiate from the coma. The longer ion tail at PA 80° was highlighted with streamers and extended outwards for several fields. The very bright pseudo-nucleus was flanked by two background stars.

The moonless night was chilly, 21°F (-6°C), so I did the sketch from field notes immediately after coming indoors. A blending stump loaded with 2B or HB graphite was used for the coma and tail with additional blending with my finger. The stars were made with an HB pencil. I tweaked the gamma when scanning and flipped the drawing during processing to give the correct image view (north up/west to the right).

I expect astrosketchers will continue to have fun with this comet–it’s a nice one.

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
Twin Sugars Observatory Friars Hill, West Virginia USA
17 January 2015 0130 UT
Graphite on white paper inverted digitally


Michael Rosolina

C2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - January 14, 2015
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – January 14, 2015

Hello Asodians!
After the clouds went away Comet C2014Q2 (Lovejoy) appeared glowing in the
sky! The nucleous was very bright, nearly stellar but the tail was not
visible. Not yet.
I observed from my balcony on the 7th floor…
Immediately – after placing my chair there – I went to work but had to wait
for an annoying Cirrus blanket that covered the view. It finally cleared
but before I even looked through the binos, I tried to spot it with my eyes
alone but I just couldn’t convince myself that it was visible. However, I
suspect that with excellent sky conditions the first naked eye observations
will be reported very, very soon!
I made this sketch with white pastel and blending stump on black

Lovejoy for Charlie

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - January 11, 2015
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – January 11, 2015
Michel's fellow observers on the night of January 11, 2015
Michel’s fellow observers on the night of January 11, 2015

Object Name (C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy)
Object Type (Comet in Eridan)
Location (Verdon river in France)
Date (Jan. 11th 2015)
Media (watercolor on white paper, inverted after scan via

During the “Charlie Hebdo” event we had to keep the pencil in hand, to prove that life goes on and is beautiful and that cretinism can’t win, ever. Today, poverty of spirit associated with force no longer have a voice in civilized countries !

The Lovejoy expedition.

Four of my good friends astronomers propose to come and enjoy the dark sky of the region. Appointment is made on 8 January in the early evening. The day before I found a good ground for observing this beautiful comet without too many trees in the view. Near the small village of Saint-Laurent, a platform overlooking the north side of the Lake of Artignosc on the Verdon river. First I will make some sketches and (yes I know… sorry guys) photographs of the landscape and material that will serve my watercolor the day after.

The photo of the sky taken on Jan. the 7th (Pentax K50 3.5 – 3sec 25600 ISO -18mm) shows the comet as a brillant green star equivalent magnitude to Pi ORI +/- 4.0. But I’m not here to make photo ! it just allow me to position the stars on the sky background on my future painting.
The evening of Jan. 8th everyone is there, my friends Vincent, Antoine, Yvan and Jean-Bernard, made the trip from Brignoles, La Garde, Forcalqueiret and Salon. It’s cold, the wind and the news from Paris make us shiver.

The comet is visible to the unaided eye, even in direct vision. During the previous night, a tail departure was barely noticeable in my Dobson 12ˮ f 5. Today we are three of us observing a double tail, a very short first part is attached to the hair while another, a sort of fine filament spreading further.
It was extremely difficult to see that tail, face this huge ball of light that is the coma of Comet Lovejoy.
Through a set of 2ˮ filters provided by Vincent (CLS, OIII, UHC) we got to see something other than the coma. This is strangely due to the CLS filter that we have been able to detect some clarity in front of the dark sky. We had to get the coma out of the eyepiece to discern the low-contrast gradient between the black sky and the thin clouds of the tail. We are here at the border of the possibilities for the vision.

Dobson used was a 12ˮ f/d 5 and 2ˮ eyepieces Meade 24mm to Omegon 38mm, UWA. We deployed 80mm and 150mm refractors as well as quality binoculars: Echo and Swarovski.

The watercolor shows our group gathered for this “Lovejoy expedition” after two hours of dense observation.

So the final watercolor shows the views of the sky the day before, a view of the Dobson and -with a flash- portraits taken by the Vincent’s camera.

Observing is also meeting us for the same vibration, the same enthusiasm, and that night it was … it was … there was … something strong in the air!

Michel Deconinck

C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy Montage

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy a montage of several days sketching from December 20, 2014 to January 7, 2015
Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy a montage of several days sketching from December 20, 2014 to January 7, 2015


Like many astronomy enthusiasts I have been following the comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy. I present to you a montage of sketches beginning with binocular views and progressing to higher magnification as the comet moved through the sky.

The first sketch in binoculars on 12/20/14 showed the bright yellow/ orange star Kappa Columba in the same field of view as the comet. On 12/28/14 the close proximity to M79 made for a special observation in my 4” refractor. In the last sketched observation on 1/7/15 in the 12.5” reflector I was taken aback by the sheer size of the comet, also at its brightest at this time with light and dark streaking visible in the tail. Beautiful to behold at any magnification.

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy Montage

12/20/14 to 1/7/15, all times listed are Hawaii Standard Time.

7×50 Binoculars, 4” Refractor, 12.5” Reflector

White paper, #2 pencil, blending stump

Inverted and combined in Photoscape

Cindy (Thia) L Krach

Maui, Hawaii

Haleakala Amateur Astronomer

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - January 9, 2015
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – January 9, 2015


I got the comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) from Norway, Trondheim.
This one was a fine object, big coma but no seen structures near nucleus
and no tail. Info on my sketch!
I used pencil and inkpen on white paper (inverted).
Hope you enjoy my sketch and observation!
I wish you all happy new year and clear skies!!

Lovejoy Comet in Contrast with Colorful Stars

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - January 4, 2015
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – January 4, 2015

Object Name: C/2014Q2 Lovejoy

Object Type: Comet

Date: 1/4/2015

Location: A Coruña, Galicia. Spain.

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

Zeiss binoculars 15×60 BGAT

SeeIng: 3/5 (good). Intense moonlight.

This is my drawing of Lovejoy comet. I couldn´t see the tail of the comet because a full moon was shining.
It was a very pleasant view the contrast between yellowish colour in the comet, the orange stars HR 1451 and HR 1452 and the white-greenish light from the HIP 21258.

Este es mi dibujo del cometa Lovejoy. No he podido observar la cola del cometa, la observación se hizo con una intensa luz lunar. Lo más placentero de la observación ha sido el contraste entre el color amarillento del cometa y la luz anaranjada de las estrellas HR 1451 y HR 1452 frente al color blanco-verdoso de la estrella más pequeña HIP21258.