Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Comet 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!


lizardmom said...


Tender Heart Bear said...

Awesome pictures Hale.

OrbsCorbs said...

In the last one, it looks like the comet is going to strike the Observatory.

Wunnerful, wunnerful pics.