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Terry Lovejoy (born 20 November 1966) is an information technologist from Thornlands, Queensland, Australia, most widely known as an amateur astronomer.
Who is Terry Lovejoy?
He has discovered six comets, including C/2011 W3 (Lovejoy), the first Kreutz Sungrazing comet discovered by ground-based observation in over 40 years. Terry Lovejoy is also known for popularizing procedures for modifying consumer-grade digital cameras so that they can be used for digital camera astrophotography. His most recent discovery, C/2017 E4 (Lovejoy), was confirmed on March 13, 2017.
See also: C/2013 R1, the fourth comet discovered!
Lovejoy is known among amateur astronomers for identifying modifications to digital cameras needed for astrophotography. Such cameras come configured with built-in filters that cut off infrared light. Unfortunately, they also cut off some of the red light that many deep space objects emit. After he published procedures to modify those filters, many amateur astronomers were able to improve their deep space photography.