C/2011 W3 (Lovejoy)
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|Imaged on the morning of 2011 December 24 with the comet's head in the tail of Scorpius; 4x30sec exposures stacked, ISO400, using a Canon 450DH camera and 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom lens working at 70mm f/3.5 on a Synta NEQ-6 mount tracking the stars; field of view 18° x 12° approx, N to the left. Note the subtle structures in the tail.|
|Imaged on the morning of 2011 December 28 with the comet's head against the stars of Ara; 11x40sec exposures stacked, ISO640, using a Canon 40D camera and 14mm f/2.8 lens working at f/2.8 on a fixed tripod; field of view 80° x 50° approx, N to the left. The Southern Cross is at the top and "The Pointers" below. The comet is against the Milky Way sky background of Ara with the dust tail extending upwards past "The Pointers", the bright knot in the tail is the open cluster NGC8087 in Norma.|