Very poor conditions; high clouds, humid and a very light sky background. Couldn’t get rid of a strong gradient caused by light pollution.
Caught a glimpse of the Northern lights, hours after a Kp=8 storm hit the atmosphere.
In spite of the first quarter moon and low clouds, Lovejoy was easily visible with binoculars.
Conditions were not as good as last week, but Lovejoy was still remarkably active. No brightness estimate this time, due to a bright star too close to the comet.
Finally clear skies and the moon out the way. Arrived early at public observatory Bussloo and piggy-backed the camera on the AP 1100 GTO mount. With short focal lengths this mount does not need autoguiding. At magnitude 4.7 the comet was still clearly visible to the naked eye. A pair of 8.5×42 binoculars showed a nice gas tail. A lot of visitors, there were some 80 in total, also got a glimpse of the comet through binoculars.
I had another look at the comet in between two bad weather fronts. Found a more sheltered spot this time to setup the Vixen Polarie with Canon 5Dii and EF 135mm/2L lens. But it was still pretty cold with temperatures around freezing and force 6 winds (windchill -7°C). While observing the comet with binoculars, a very slow, distinctly orange-coloured, magn. +1 meteor appeared. Succeeding images show the persistent train for another 3 minutes.
First image of comet Lovejoy. Fortunately the very strong winds did not affect the image too much. The comet was visible with the naked eye. I estimated the comet at 4.3 (S) with a 3×12 Zeiss monocular. A hint of the tail could be seen with the 3×12 as well. (Note the disconnection event in the tail!)