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Reports from Geisei Observatory <December 1, 2014>

Brightening Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2

    This is an observation of the comet at -45 degrees in the southern sky. This comet is crawling westerly above the sea where Canopus in Carina is visible. The photographic magnitude is 10, but I confirmed the comet visually at 9th magnitude in the 15cm refractor mounted on the 70cm reflector. The comet trails a slight tail to the west and is expected to move northward in mid-December this year and shine at 6 or 7th magnitude. Binoculars will be needed at this magnitude, but there is a possibility that the comet brightens to become visible by the naked-eye.

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

3-minute exposure at 2:42, November 27, 2014 (J.S.T.)
70cm f/7 reflector with Nikon D700 at ISO 1600
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