Comet Lovejoy is in a wonderful part of the night sky for viewing and photographing right now. It is currently passing very close to the Pleiades (Seven Sisters) which is the famous star cluster near Taurus and Orion and quite easy to spot on a dark night.
The comet itself is visible as a diffuse glow, and best viewed with an “averted vision” technique – ie looking not exactly at the position of the comet but just a little off to the side, and the comet will be a little clearer in your peripheral (averted) vision. I was using this technique to frame the comet in my viewfinder!
These photos were taken using my 70-200mm f2.8 at a range of focal lengths and ISO settings. All of them were taken with the Pentax K3 using it’s unique astro tracer function.
How to Spot Comet Lovejoy
The next week or so will be the best time to view the Comet as there is no moon in the night sky. Just find yourself a dark spot away from city lights, look for Orion, the “V” shaped stars of Taurus, and the Pleiades – see my “mud map” below
Click through for some amazing telescopic photos of Comet Lovejoy, and to view and print out the star map on “Sky & Telescope“. Happy shooting!