By Dave Fuller on 1/14/2015 9:12 PM
Comet Lovejoy remains quite bright and easy to find with binoculars of 7x35 or larger under most skies. The comet does not dim appreciably, but over the next 7 days or so, it is very near to the easily found Pleiades. It isn't quite within a single binoculars field of view (typically 7 degrees or so), but it is close enough that making the "hop" over to it should not be too difficult.

Check out the day by day descriptions of how to find the comet at the bottom of this post. First, here's the large, wide field view so you can get oriented (look mostly south, around 8 pm or so for most people). 

Comet Lovejoy wide field star chartThe Pleiades make the better "jump off" point for the next 7 days or so. Note that just like in the prior post,...
By Dave Fuller on 1/10/2015 6:14 PM
Comet Lovejoy is a bright comet by most standards. In a way, it is fortunate that it was not hyped by news media as a "BRIGHT, NAKED EYE COMET!" because unless it's Hale-Bopp bright? Then most people will be disappointed. So Comet Lovejoy C2014 Q2 actually is nice in the respect that it kept expectations low, then exceeded them when it brightened up nicely over the past couple of weeks. Now that the Moon is mostly out of the way, this is a perfect time to see the comet, despite the fact that it is just past it's closest point to Earth. It is still bright, it isn't getting appreciably farther from Earth over the next couple of weeks, and the Moon is now nicely out of the way for most viewing opportunities.

That makes this ideal. How to find it? Below are both a wide-field, and a detailed chart for January 11 through 15. These are listed as Universal time, so for European viewers, it's about in that spot at midnight. For North American viewers, it is in that spot early in the evening (for most, around 7...

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