Likes Likes:  50
Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 31

Thread: A comet for you.

  1. #1
    Happily unadjusted 😜 popoki nui's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Location
    Vancouver Island.
    Posts
    4,383

    A comet for you.



    This is Comet Lovejoy, (C/2014 Q2), imaged tonight from my home. It's well into the wee hours; I'm taking advantage of the first clear night here in a while, and thought I'd share this lovely interplanetary visitor with you.
    I love comets. They're beautiful, but they're also interesting to study. They originate way, way out at the edge or our solar system, and are pristine remnants of the formation of the system we call home. Thus, they can tell us a lot about how the Earth, and the other planets formed.

    But, they are just so pretty to look at, too. (the stars look like streaks because the comet is moving so quickly across the sky)

    You can see Comet Lovejoy, too; it's a lovely sight right now in binoculars. Here's a link to a finder chart. Go out and have a look on the next clear night!
    http://earthsky.org/space/watch-for-comet-lovejoy

    Have fun!
    PS- you may have to adjust your screen brightness and/ or contrast to see the comet 's faint tail.

    ~Sherry.
    Last edited by popoki nui; Jan 14, 2015 at 09:53 AM.
    Eterna | Tudor | Seiko | Casio | G-Shock | Orient | Swatch | Mondaine | Zodiac (pre-Fossil) | Rolex | Wenger | Hamilton Pulsar Time Computer | Omega | Timex | Bucherer | Citizen



    Like IWL on Facebook!


  2. #2
    King of Mars bolaberlim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Location
    Porto, Portugal
    Posts
    650
    Awesome!

  3. Likes popoki nui liked this post
  4. #3
    lost in translation birdynamnam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Location
    france
    Posts
    1,697
    Blue dial....
    Bluetiful

    Many thx to share this beauty with us
    "chirp, chirp"

  5. Likes popoki nui liked this post
  6. #4
    El bot. geoffbot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Location
    West Sussex, UK
    Posts
    18,665
    That's really cool Sherry. What did you use to photograph it?
    Follow IWL on instagram! https://instagram.com/iwatchleague

  7. Likes popoki nui liked this post
  8. #5

  9. Likes popoki nui liked this post
  10. #6
    that's pretty cool.....

  11. Likes popoki nui liked this post
  12. #7
    Quote Originally Posted by popoki nui View Post


    This is Comet Lovejoy, (C/2014 Q2), imaged tonight from my home. It's well into the wee hours; I'm taking advantage of the first clear night here in a while, and thought I'd share this lovely interplanetary visitor with you.
    I love comets. They're beautiful, but they're also interesting to study. They originate way, way out at the edge or our solar system, and are pristine remnants of the formation of the system we call home. Thus, they can tell us a lot about how the Earth, and the other planets formed.

    But, they are just so pretty to look at, too. (the stars look like streaks because the comet is moving so quickly across the sky)

    You can see Comet Lovejoy, too; it's a lovely sight right now in binoculars. Here's a link to a finder chart. Go out and have a look on the next clear night!
    http://earthsky.org/space/watch-for-comet-lovejoy

    Have fun!
    PS- you may have to adjust your screen brightness and/ or contrast to see the comet 's faint tail.

    ~Sherry.
    Sherry,

    That is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing that photo and the story of the comet with us.

    Jane

  13. Likes popoki nui liked this post
  14. #8
    Happily unadjusted 😜 popoki nui's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Location
    Vancouver Island.
    Posts
    4,383
    Thanks for the kind words, everyone.

    Quote Originally Posted by geoffbot View Post
    That's really cool Sherry. What did you use to photograph it?
    I used a William Optics Megrez 90 telescope on an HEQ5 mount. My camera is just a regular Canon T3i. The exposure was just a single 5-minute shot, guided on the comet's nucleus, with a little processing in Photoshop to bring out the tail (which seems to have mostly disappeared after uploading it here).



    ~Sherry.
    Eterna | Tudor | Seiko | Casio | G-Shock | Orient | Swatch | Mondaine | Zodiac (pre-Fossil) | Rolex | Wenger | Hamilton Pulsar Time Computer | Omega | Timex | Bucherer | Citizen



    Like IWL on Facebook!


  15. Likes is that my watch, geoffbot liked this post
  16. #9
    Member pepperami's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Location
    Kildare, Ireland
    Posts
    3,289
    Wow.. that's a great photo!

    Sent from my GT-I9505

  17. Likes popoki nui liked this post
  18. #10
    El bot. geoffbot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Location
    West Sussex, UK
    Posts
    18,665
    Quote Originally Posted by popoki nui View Post
    Thanks for the kind words, everyone.



    I used a William Optics Megrez 90 telescope on an HEQ5 mount. My camera is just a regular Canon T3i. The exposure was just a single 5-minute shot, guided on the comet's nucleus, with a little processing in Photoshop to bring out the tail (which seems to have mostly disappeared after uploading it here).



    ~Sherry.
    My camera knowledge is limited. Not an iPhone then basically?!
    Follow IWL on instagram! https://instagram.com/iwatchleague

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
About Us
We are an independent and wide-ranging forum for watch enthusiasts. From mainspring to microchip, from Europe to Asia, from micro-brand to boutique - we cover it all. Novice or expert, we want you to feel at home. Whether it's asking a simple question or contributing to the fund of horological knowledge, it's all the same hobby. Or, if you like, you can just show us a picture of your new watch. We'll provide the welcoming and courteous environment, the rest is up to you!
Join us