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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

COMET C/2017 E4 LOVEJOY

Location:  Front Porch, Little Lepreau, NB, Canada

Date Time:  April 3, 2017 0540-0605 hrs Local Time

Weather:  Clear, dark skies, no moon, no wind, -9C.

Equipment:  Canon Rebel Xsi with 75-300mm lens, 20x80 binoculars, tripod.

Attendance:  David McCashion.

Objective:  To view and image a recently discovered comet which was supposed to be in the low, eastern sky just before first light.

Report:

  • Scanned sky where Comet Lovejoy was supposed to be with binoculars, but could not confirm a sighting.  Looked over the area where it was captured in image, but still couldn't see it.
  • At the same time I was scanning, looking for the comet, Ed O was searching the same area of sky with his 8" Dob and 25 mm eyepiece in West Saint John, NB.  He confirmed a sighting: very near another star, greenish with a tail.
  • Imaged the area with camera and, after processing, the comet did appear, very close to another star, right where it was supposed to be according to star charts and matched Ed's description.
Sky Chart from skyandtelescope.com




  • No shooting stars were seen, but several satellites were seen.


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