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Lovejoy in the mist…

I managed to sneak some more photos of Comet Lovejoy last night… After I gave an astronomy Outreach talk to a U3A group in Windermere in the afternoon Stella and I headed up to Shap again to try and take advantage of a predicted short gap in the clouds. When we got there it was obvious that it was a very clear, transparent gap, looking at the northern sky where the stars of the Plough were shining bright, and the Milky Way was bright as it arched overhead too… but, of course, the southern sky which I needed to be clear, was streaked with feathery fingers of high cloud which drifted one by one, one after the other, over the comet, making photography very difficult and frustrating! But never one to kick a gift horse in the mouth I took what I was given and took a LOT of photos, hoping that some would catch the comet in one of the gaps between the feathers of cloud, and I think I managed to get some good shots under the circumstances. Just a shame about that high cloud… what a view I would have had if the southern sky had been as clear as the northern! Oh well, never mind, every sighting is a bonus, and here are the pics, all taken, as usual, with just my DSLR camera on a static tripod…

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Visually the comet was easily visible to my naked eye as a misty “something” away from the pointy end of the Hyades, and through binoculars it was a very obvious smudgy blur, a little elongated I thought.

Hope for some more clear nights before the big bad Moon comes back…

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