Apr 01 2007

Canon and Comets

Published by at 9:51 pm under News Item

What do Canon and Comets have in common?

Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy discovered a green comet on March 15, 2007 with a Canon 350D digital camera. For his efforts, the comet has been named Comet Lovejoy, with an official designation of C/2007 E2. Lovejoy’s discovery of this comet is believed to be the first one for an amateur with a common digital camera. Terry used a zoom lens set to 200-mm focal length at f/2.8, with exposures of 90 seconds each. He was able to see the comet near the edge of the frame in 16 of the exposures.

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