The Half-Astrophysicist Blog

Come Lovejoy From Kitt Peak

I was on Kitt Peak last night and had some time to shoot Comet Lovejoy. It was great to get out to a real dark site and give it a shot. Here are some of my pics.

First, a closeup.


Now zoomed out to see it next to the Pleiades.


Now zoomed WAY out! Note the Zodiacal light on the right arching upward and the winter Milky Way on the left. The Pleiades and the Comet are at the top of the shot.


Next I played with a new fisheye lens I recently bought. Here is a full sky view of Kitt Peak outside the Visitor Center Telescope.


Finally, I stayed up late to get the comet as it was setting. Here it is above a telescope on Kitt Peak.


Great night and abnormally warm for January on Kitt Peak. Upcoming schedule will make it hard to get more pics for me before the Moon comes back…get out there and see it soon!


January 21, 2015 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Awesome photos of the comet! What equipment did you use to catch the comet? Annette

    Comment by graphicartist04 | January 21, 2015 | Reply

    • I used a Canon 60D with a EF 70-300 lens. I have an iOptron Skytracker to eliminate star trails.

      Comment by halfastro | January 22, 2015 | Reply

  2. Great shots, of everything!

    Comment by Mike Weasner | January 21, 2015 | Reply

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