Chasing comet Lovejoy!

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Chasing comet Lovejoy!

Post by jiahao1986 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:40 pm

Hi folks,

Really couldn't resist and purchased a ticket to Perth last minute, deciding to chase this comet during the Christmas long weekend.

Despite the extreme inconvenience during Christmas in the countryside that no hotels/motels/restauruants are open at all, I managed to survive for two days alone, sleeping in a rental car and eating only bread... [smilie=bleeding.gif]

With all the money and effort thrown into this chase, the comet didn't let me down. It hanged in the estern dawn sky with a brilliant tail up to 30deg long! Together with the awesome southern sky, the view was simply beyond any words to describe!

This one is my favorite photo of the trip:

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Re: Chasing comet Lovejoy!

Post by jiahao1986 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:42 pm

And here goes two wide angle shots!

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2012.02.08 Update:

Photo below shows how the comet changed over only 24 hours, from Dec. 25 to 26. Tail length grew by 3 degrees with quite a bit of change in shape.

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Photo below shows the details around the comet's head on Dec. 26. Note the thin stream of brightening inside the coma stretching upwards for a few degrees. Which might have suggested the neuclus has broken apart.

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Re: Chasing comet Lovejoy!

Post by jiahao1986 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:43 pm

And here is a time lapse of the second night, please watch in 1080p for full resolution!

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Re: Chasing comet Lovejoy!

Post by jiahao1986 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:46 pm

Now that the comet has faded dramatically since Christmas, though the tail is still growing as it gets closer to earth. If anybody happens to be in Australia next week, don't forget to wake up early and give it a try!
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Re: Chasing comet Lovejoy!

Post by Gary » Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:58 pm

Absolutely spectacular! You remind me of P.K. Chen!
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Re: Chasing comet Lovejoy!

Post by acc » Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:21 pm

Wow! Amazing passion and awesome photos! :) Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Chasing comet Lovejoy!

Post by Bergkamp_ » Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:00 am

Your photos are lovely =)
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Re: Chasing comet Lovejoy!

Post by cataclysm » Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:53 am

Wow! Simply stunning!! Wish I was there.........

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Re: Chasing comet Lovejoy!

Post by Clifford60 » Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:48 am

Wow, superb [smilie=good-job.gif] [smilie=good-job.gif] [smilie=good-job.gif] I also wish I can be there. No more chance if miss it now.

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Re: Chasing comet Lovejoy!

Post by Airconvent » Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:09 pm

Awesome....have never seen any of the great comets. This one looks close to it!
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