Alan Dyer caught this wonderful shot last night of Comet Lovejoy passing near the famous Pleiades, or Seven Sisters. Taken from City of Rocks State Park, New Mexico. Alan wrote;
Sunday, January 18, 2015 was the night to catch the ever-photogenic Comet Lovejoy at its best and closest to the Seven Sisters, the Pleiades. Its long blue ion tail stretched back past the Pleiades.
I thought the tail would be passing right over the star cluster, but not so. At least not when I was shooting it at about 7:30 pm MST.
Still, the combination made a fine pairing of cosmic blue objects for the camera.
This is a stack of 6 x 2 minute exposures at f/2.5 with the 135mm lens and Canon 5D MkII at ISO 1600, on the Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer tracker.
Thank you, Alan!
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