No joy finding Comet ISON, but Lovejoy Instead!

Brighter Comet Lovejoy was easier to find than Comet ISON in the cloud-streaked sky this morning November 11, 2013. Clouds blocked the part of sky where ISON is located for most of the early morning. ISON was not visible in the photos I took when the clouds moved away.

Here’s the photo – Canon XS 50mm lens – 30 second exposure.
Can you find the comet?

top of Leos head, look to the top center of the photo for Comet Lovejoy and top right for the Beehive Cluster

Photo of the top of Leo’s head, look to the top center of the photo for Comet Lovejoy and top right for the Beehive Cluster


You could enlarge it and try to find it, but here – I’ve cropped the top of the photo to narrow down the search:
Comet Lovejoy is the fuzzy blue streak on the left. The bunch of stars on the right are the Beehive cluster in Cancer.

Comet Lovejoy is the fuzzy blue streak on the left. The bunch of stars on the right are the Beehive cluster in Cancer.


The stars and the comet are streaks because the stars appeared to move due to the Earth’s rotation during the 30 second long exposure.

Here’s my best shot at ISON, but the clouds never really completely cleared from the area….IMG_1668
ISON is supposed to be to the lower right of that pair of stars to the lower left of center.

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