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Comet Lovejoy from Kitt Peak

Comet LoveJoy

Image Credit: Dean Salman

This image of Comet Lovejoy (C2014 Q2) was taken at the Kitt Peak National Observatory Visitor Center using a Takahashi FSQ 106mm refractor telescope while guiding with the RCOS 20-inch telescope. A Canon 60Da DSLR was used for 180 seconds at an ISO setting of 800. The image was processed with Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 edition to bring out the fainter areas seen in the tail.


Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO), part of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), supports the most diverse collection of astronomical observatories on Earth for nighttime optical and infrared astronomy and daytime study of the Sun. Sharing the mountaintop site with the National Solar Observatory, KPNO, founded in 1958, operates three major nighttime telescopes and hosts the facilities of consortia which operate 22 optical telescopes and two radio telescopes. (See the Tenant Observatories list.) Kitt Peak is located 56 miles southwest of Tucson, AZ, in the Schuk Toak District on the Tohono O'odham Nation and has a Visitor Center open daily to the public.

If you need to contact someone at NOAO but are uncertain of that person's email address, simply send email to "first_inital_last_name_at_noao.edu", i.e., bsmith_at_noao.edu or jdoe_at_noao.edu. A general purpose email account has been set up to answer any questions you have about observing at Kitt Peak and don't know who to ask. Any and all questions you have can be e-mailed to this address: kpno_at_noao.edu and it will be forwarded to the appropriate person.

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