Two Comets From the 
Balcony observing location 
November 10, 2013

 While Comet Lovejoy is riding relatively high in the morning sky, Comet ISON is now too low to acquire with our observatory instrument down at ground level in the pine forest below. Our balcony on the back of our house faces due east, and allows an unobstructed view of the eastern sky line. There we set up roughly 18 feet above ground level our Zeiss APO astrograph and used a Hutech Canon Xti for imaging. While Lovejoy is barely naked eye right now, it is a rewarding object in any pair of binoculars. Unfortunately, ISON is nothing more than a dim stellar point in the 9 x 63s barely 8th magnitude, and even in the 80mm Refractor, with a low power ocular, the view only reveals an extremely faint tiny head, with no visible tail. Fortunately, it does show its appendage in the images as seen below.
Comet Lovejoy C/2013 R1 10 mins total integration time Select an image size for a larger view: 1290 x 960
Comet Lovejoy C/2013 R1 Same as above with mapped colors to show the kink in the tail above the comets head Select an image size for a larger view: 1290 x 960
Comet ISON C/2012 S1 30 minutes total integration time no hint here of the secondary ion tail which appears in some shots. Select an image size for a larger view: 1290 x 960
Lens: Stellarvue / Ziess 80mm f/4.4 Canon XTi Platform: Televue GEM Exposure: See shots Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 7/10, Transparency 5/10 Outside Temperature: 40F Processing Tools: Maxim DL, Photoshop CS2 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS