Comets Images Section

Most Recent at the Top Spanning 1974 to the Present

Updated 6/15/14

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2013 Images
     
     
     
    

 

Comet 154P Brewington 12-28-13 RETAKE - NO RED LITE

 

Comet 154P Brewington 12-27-13

 

Comet Lovejoy 12/26/13

 

Comet Lovejoy Very low in East 12/6/13

 

Comet ISON - Final Set 11/18/13

 

Comet ISON 11/18/13

 

Comet ISON 11/8/13

 

Comet Lovejoy with Stellarvue 11/10/13

 

Comet ISON with Stellarvue 11/10/13

 

Comet Lovejoy 11/8/13

 

Comet Lovejoy 11/02/13

 

Comet ISON 11/02/13

 

Comet Linear X1 (Jellyfish II) 11/02/13

 

Comet ISON 10/26/13

 

Comet Encke 10/26/13

 

Comet Lovejoy 10/26/13

 

Comet ISON Tripple Conjunction! 10/14/13

 

Comet ISON 10/12/13

 

Comet Encke 10/4/13

 

Comet Lovejoy 10/4/13

 

Comet ISON 10/4/13

 

Comet Lemmon C/2012 F6 9/27/13

 

Comet Linear S1 9/27/13

 

Comet ISON 9/16/13

 

Comet Panstarrs Fan Tail Returns! 6/8/13

 

Comet Panstarrs fabulous Anti Tail 5/27/13

 

Triple Conjunction 5/26/13

 

Comet Panstarrs Magnificent Anti Tail 5/22/13

 

Comet Panstarrs 5/16/13

 

Comet Lemmon 5/16/13

 

Comet Panstarrs 4/23/13 Shots with CCD

 

Comet Panstarrs 4/21/13 First shot with 12 inch!

 

Comet Panstarrs 4/15/13

 

Comet Panstarrs 4/11/13

 

Comet Panstarrs 4/8/13

 

Comet Panstarrs 3/30/13

 

Comet Panstarrs 3/16/13

 

Comet Panstarrs 3/14/13

 

Comet ISON 2/5/13

 

Comet Panstarrs 3/10/13

 

Comet Panstarrs 3/13/13
2012 Images

   
Comet Hergenrother 10/8/12
Comet Catalina 11/23/12
Comet McNaught 11/23/12
Comet Hergenrother 11/23/12
2011 Images

   
Fading Comet Hartley 2/12/11
Comet Gerradd 8/29/11
Comet Gerradd 10/22/11
2010 Images
  Comet Hartley 10/08/10
  Comet McNaught 6/21/10
  Comet Wild 2
  Comet Vales 5/16/10
  Comet SW-1 3/18/10
    
2009 Images
Comet Lulin With Robotic Barn Door 2/20/09
Comet Hartley on 11/7/10
Comet Hartley 10/3/10
  Comet Hartley 10/8/10
Comet Hartley 9/17/10
Comet 103P/Hartley 9/5/10
Comet McNaught 6/20/10
Comet Wild 2 5/22/10
Comet Vales 5/16/10
Comet SW-1 3/18/10
Comet Shoemaker Levy 1/9/10
Comet Lulin with 400mm f/5 2/26/09
Comet Lulin 2/4/09
Comet Kushida 2/1/09
2008 Images
Holmes/1499 3/6/08
Comet Holmes 1/26/08
   
     
2007 Images
M33 - Tuttle Encounter 12/30/07
Comet Holmes 12/26/07
Comet Holmes in the Perseus Association 11/10/07
The "Jellyfish" Comet Comet Holmes 12/02/07
Comet Tuttle 8p 12/2/07 
Comet Holmes 10/31/07
Comet Holmes with the SV80S 11/3/07
Comet Holmes 2h RGB 11/8/07
Comet Holmes 10/24/07
Comet Lovejoy 6/17/07
Comet Mcnaught Synchrones in the west 1/22/07

   
2006 Images
Comet Swan in the 12.5" 11/19/06
Comet Swan from Happy Jack 10/21/06
Comet Barnard 8/2/06
Comet SW3 and the Ring 5/7/06
All three Fragments 4/29/06
  Comet SW3 More Green 4/29/06 

 

Comet SW3 3 frags 4/22/06
Comet SW3 4/19/06

 

Comet Swan 9/30/06 

 

Comet Swan in the keystone 10/28/06

Comet Pojmansky 3/3/06
Comet Pojmansky in The morning sky 2/27/06  
Pojmansky 4/7/06
Comet Pojmansky in The morning sky 2/27/06
2005 Images
Comet SW-1 11/1/05
Comet Tempel 1 June 9/05
Comet Machholz 4/29/05
Comet Machholz 4/29/05

 

Comet Tempel 1 June 9/05
Comet Van Ness 11/4/05 
  Comet Machholz with Schmidt 3/12/05

 

Comet Machholz 3/11/05
Comet Machholz and Galaxies Jan 14th, 05
Comet Machholz Jan 12/05 w/Meade 622
Comet Machholz and the Pleiades 1/06/05

   
2004 Images

Comet Machholz in Orion 12/10/04
Comet Bradfield April 27, 2004
Comet Machholz Q2 11/18/04

 

Comet Machholz 12/3/04

 

Comet Machholz 12/11/04 Schmidt Camera
  Comet Machholz Q2 in Columba 1/04

 

Comet Machholz in Orion 12/10/04
Comet Linear T7 Jan 17th, 04
Comet Neat May 8th, 04
Comet Neat 6/5/04
Comet Neat 5/22/04 Schmidt
Comet Neat 5/20/04 
Comet Bradfield 4/27/04
2003 Images

Comet Linar RX14 1/2/03
Comet Linear T7 11/22/03
Comet Encke 11/22/03
Comet Linear RX14 1/2/03
Comet NEAT V1 1/27/03
     
2002 Images
Comet IZ and NGC7830 4/18/02
Comet Linear WM1 in Aquilla 4/13/02

 

Comet IZ 4/14/02

 

Comet Loneos OG1 4/15/02

 

Comet IZ May 3rd, 02

 

Comet Snyder Murakami 5/03/02
  Comet Utsunomya and Mercury Meet May 4th, 2002

 

Comet IZ 6/6/02 
Comet IZ and M31 4/4/02
Comet IZ and NGC7830 4/18/02
2001 Images

 

Comet WM1 12/06/01
Comet Linear WM1 and NGC1624 9/8/01
Comet Linear WM1 11/09/01
 Comet Borrelly 8/24/01
   Comet Linear 8/17/01

 

Comet Linear A2 7/16/01

 

Comet Linear A2 7/16/01
First Wide angle Linear 6/30/01

 

Three Faces A2  6/28/01

 

 Comet Linear A26/27/01
Comet McNaught-Hartley February 3, 2001
Comet McNaught Hartley January 20th, 01   
Comet IZ June 11 with Anti Tail 6/11/01
Comet IZ March 31 in West 3/31/01
2000 Images

   Comet Linear Y1 in Pegasus, 6" f/3.6 Schmidt Newtonian, SBIG237 CCD 15x2mins November 24, 2000 Tracking on the comets head during the half hour exposure gave a sharp comet, and streaking stars. The comet was 13th magnitude at this time.
  Comet Linear Y1, November 19th, 2000. This currently 12.5 magnitude object is riding high in Pegasus in the evening sky, and sports a short but obvious tail. This is a composite of 12 two minute exposures combined in Maxim DL to align the comets head and thus freeze the comets motion against the starry background. 6" f/3.6 Schmidt Newtonian.

   
 
 
   Comet Catalina-Skiff in Perseus. 12.5" f/5 SBIG237 CCD, 5mins. With the huge amount of rain and clouds this October, one clear night after a rainstorm passed was clear. This image was taken of an extremely faint comet, magnitude 14.0. it is only 10 arcseconds in diameter to boot. Sheets of ice were hardening all over the telescope, and optics, charts and laptop. The mount hit the wall at the very end of the exposure, causing some trailing of the images, but the comet was still recored well. (The next day I saber sawed the offending stud so that doesnt happen again!)
   Comet Linear T2 in Hercules, 10-15-00. 6" f/3.6, SBIG237 CCD 2x5mins. The comet is a very dim 13.2 magnitude here, and even shows a faint tail to the upper left.
   

   Comet Linear T2 in Hercules, 10-16-00. 6" f/3.6, SBIG237 CCD 2x5mins. The next evening, the comet moved about half a degree.

   Comet Linear Y1 in Andromeda, 10-16-00. 6" f/3.6, SBIG237 CCD 10x1min. This is the faintest comet Ive shot yet, at 13.8 magnitude. There is a hint of a short tail pointing downward here.
1999 Images
     
     
1998 Images
     
     
1997 Images

September 27, 1997 - Drawing with my 16" f/4.4 newtonian from our observing site on Zane Gray Highway up on the Mogollon Rim at 6500 feet. Observing with Tom Polakis and Bernie Sanden.

Comet Hale/Bopp 

October 14, 1997 -12" f/5 Newtonian, 2 minutes exposure on Kodak Pro 400 ppf from Payson Arizona by the Author. This short exposure reveals a north-south enlongation of the coma, with a westward pointing tail glow. This very strange appearance has persisted for several weeks now. This will be my final shot with the 12 inch, since it was only 2 degrees up above the distant trees. The seeing was very poor as you may guess, but the comet was mag 5.5 and still detectable with my naked eyes. The yellowish color of the comet seen here is probably due to dust from atmospheric extinction.

Comet Hale/Bopp 

October 5, 1997 - 5.5" f/1.65 Schmidt Camera, 4 mins on Kodak Pro 400 ppf from Payson Arizona by Chris Schur. The comet is seen as it skimmed the tree tops (green dark shape on bottom). This spectacular grouping with the open cluster NGC2477 in Puppis (fainter, richer cluster) and NGC2451 ( the very sparse cluster on the right edge, with bright orange star), and NGC2546 (the faint large group to the uppermost left). I had only about half an hour to get the shot composed, find a guide star and begin shooting because it had to be timed to go between tree branches. The mounting was 14 feet off the ground, on my back balcony as well, so lets just say it was very low on the south eastern horizon! The comet photographed as a sky blue color in the coma, indications of some gas activity still in progress. The comet was 5th magnitude, and very faintly visibly to the unaided eye as a large patch about half a degree across. The tail seen here is 1.5 degrees long or so.

Comet Hale/Bopp 

September 27, 1997 #3- 135mm f/3.5 4 mins on Kodak Pro 400 ppf from Payson Arizona by Chris Schur.

Comet Hale/Bopp 

- 135mm f/3.5 2 mins on Kodak Pro 400 ppf from Payson Arizona by Chris Schur.

Comet Hale/Bopp 

September 27, 1997 #1 - 135mm f/2.5 6 mins on Kodak Pro 400 ppf from Payson Arizona by Chris Schur. The open cluster to the right of the comet is NGC2477 in Puppis. The comet was only 10 degrees up when these three shots were taken!
  

Comet Hale/Bopp 

September 22, 1997 - Drawing with an 8" f/5 newtonian on just before morning twilight. The comet was extremely low in the east south east, however good detail could be glimpsed.

  Comet Drawings on the night of November 1-2, 1997 at Sentinel Star Party

Comet Utsunamiya

October 31, 1997 - Yes, while others were trick-or-treating, I was out shooting the comet! This is a composite of five exposures, each five minutes in length on Kodak Pro400 ppf that was hypered for 8 hours. Taken with my 12.5" f/5 newtonian, the exposures are short due to the comets very fast motion across the sky. I sandwiched the negatives in the darkroom, (try that with five 10mb files sometime) and aligned the comets nucleus. Even in five minutes, the nucleus is trailed a very tiny amount, and the gap between the star trails is because of this. Notice the beautiful emerald green color.

More Comet Hale Bopp

Latest uploads of images from Four Peaks Road in Central Arizona of the comet rising in a very reddish morning twilight just over Four Peaks Mountain. The comet was 3rd magnitude, and exhibited a 1 degree tail in 7x50 binoculars. Here is a multi part rising sequence of that event at 6:05 to 6:15 am MST. All shots are with a 135mm f/2.5 telephoto on a tracking mount on hypered Kodak Pro400ppf film. Shot by the author. Please be certain to view them with a 24bit viewer for best effect!

More January 97 Images

Hale Bopp rising over Four Peaks, #1, 6:05am

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Hale Bopp rising over Four Peaks, #3, .

Hale Bopp rising over Four Peaks, #4, .

Hale Bopp rising over Four Peaks, #5, .

Hale Bopp rising over Four Peaks, #6, .

Comet Hale Bopp

Hale Bopp rising over Four Peaks, #7, 6:15am

 

Note that in these images, the yellow dust tail includes the anti-tail, now spreading out into a large fan that still points sunward, and also note the electric arc blue ion tail extending up to three degrees from the head.

Comet Hale Bopp

More January 97 Images  

January 19, 1997, #1 - 5.5" f/1.65 schmidt camera, 4mins on Kodak Pro400ppf film, from Payson, Az, by the Author

January 19, 1997, #2 - 5.5" f/1.65 schmidt camera, 4mins on Kodak Pro400ppf film, from Payson, Az, by the Author

January 19, 1997, #3 - Same as above, but here I have combined in the darkroom two negatives to make one image to reduce grain and improve on details.

Comet Hale Bopp

More January 97 Images  

January 17, 1997, #1 - 5.5" f/1.65 schmidt camera, 4mins on Kodak Pro400ppf film, from Payson, Az, by the Author.

January 17, 1997, #2 - 5.5" f/1.65 schmidt camera, 4mins on Kodak Pro400ppf film, from Payson, Az, by the Author

January 17, 1997, #3 - Same as above, but here I have combined in the darkroom two negatives to make one image to reduce grain and improve on details.

Comet Hale Bopp

February 15, 1997 - 5.5" schmidt camera, two 5 minutes shots combined by sandwiching negatives. Note the extreme blue color of the plasma tail, and excellent separation of dust tail.

February 15, 1997 - 5.5" schmidt camera, two 5 minutes shots combined by sandwiching negatives. This second shot taken after the last shot is with the film holder oriented 90 degrees for more tail detail.

February 15, 1997 - 12.5" f/5 newtonian, 90 seconds exposure. Kodak Pro400ppf. This short exposure shows the inner details of the coma with its parabolic envelopes.

Comet Hale Bopp

February 7, 1997 - 5.5" schmidt camera, 5mins on Kodak Pro400 ppf film. From Payson Az, by the author from his balcony.

February 15, 1997 - 50mm f/2.8 lens, 5mins on Kodak Pro 400ppf. This closely matches the appearance in binoculars.

February 15, 1997 - 50mm f/2.8 lens, 5mins on Kodak Pro 400ppf. Another shot with the comet higher up in the sky.

Comet Hale Bopp

March 8, 1997 - 50mm f/2.8, 5 mins on Fuji 400 Super G Plus. Besides being inferior to the Kodak emulsion for shooting comets, the colors are poor too. However, this comparison is essential to get the best images of the comet. The comets very blue tail is seen arching into the Cygnus milkyway.

March 8, 1997 - 5.5" f/1.65 Schmidt, two 5 min exposures combined. The rich detail seen in the dust tail continues as the fine bands increase in number. The gas tail is exquisite. the fine rays and secondary rays reveal a very active comet is coming.

March 8, 1997 - 5.5" f/1.65 Schmidt, two 5 min exposures combined. Second image in pair, with film holder rotated 90 degrees to reveal a different aspect of the tail. This shot confirms the fine features in the dust tail.

Comet Hale Bopp

- Synchrones (?) in the dust tail. 5.5" f/1.65 schmidt camera, two 5 minute exposures combined. Besides the fabulous detail the comet is presenting to us astrophotographers in the gas tail, now we are starting to see some fine structure in the dust tail. This was the first image I saw the fine linear streaks in the dust tail ever, and it will be exciting to track their development.

March 7, 1997 - Synchrones (?) in the dust tail. 5.5" f/1.65 schmidt camera, two 5 minute exposures combined. Second image taken on same date with the schmidt film holder rotated 90 degrees.

March 8, 1997 - Rising Over the Mogollon Rim in Northern Arizona. 50mm f/2.8 lens, 2mins on Fuji 400 Super G Plus. Although the dust extinction is taking its toll, the comets nucleus rose halfway through this exposure of what was intended to be a shot of the tail rising by itself. Oh well, Ill have more chances!

Comet Hale Bopp

March 6, 1997 - ROCKET LAUNCH WITH HALE BOPP - 50mm f/1.4, 15 seconds on Kodak Pro400 ppf. I was driving to work and happened to have a camera in the jeep, when the rocket from White Sands New Mexico went up to the right of the comet. It was still dark enough to get some rewarding shots of the comet with a still expanding multicolored contrail cloud.

March 7, 1997 - 135mm f/4, 10 minutes on Kodak Pro400ppf. This is actually two 5 minute exposures sandwiched in the digital darkroom to produce this enhanced composite image. The 135mm is perfect for showing the long blue ion tail in addition to the compact, but detailed dust appendage.

March 7, 1997 - 135mm f/4, 5 minutes on Kodak Pro400ppf. This is a single frame of the above image to show the difference that the sandwiching negatives makes in the comets image. The technique reduces grain, improves contrast, and makes detail much easier to see.

Comet Hale Bopp

March 5, 1997 - 50mm f/2.8, 5 mins on Fuji 400 Super G Plus. Second image taken minutes after the last shot. Here the comet is seen in rising above the tree tops, at the top of the frame is gamma Cygni with its associated red emission nebulosities.

March 5, 1997 - 5.5" f/1.65 Schmidt Camera, two 5 minute exposures combined in the darkroom, taken with Kodak Pro400 ppf film. The wonderful dust fan is growing very rapidly, and will soon overtake the gas tail as far as grandeur. Note the development of several sub rays in the gas tail, which were not visible days before.

March 5, 1997 - 5.5" f/1.65 Schmidt Camera, two 5 minute exposures combined in the darkroom, taken with Kodak Pro400 ppf film. Second exposure on this date with the schmidt, with the film holder rotated 90 degrees. Notice that while the earlier shots revealed a greenish leading edge on the coma, this one appears bluish.

 

Comet Hale Bopp

March 3, 1997 - 12.5" f/5 Newtonian, 60 seconds on Kodak Pro 400ppf film, from the authors backyard observatory. Part two of this sequence shows the exciting and beautiful nature of the hoods in the coma. The jet is seen to curve backward from the nucleus, and become a very bright ray in the tail. At first this ray was connected with the gas tail only, but later on became a separate entity seen as a bright rib in the center of the tail.

March 3, 1997 - 12.5" f/5 Newtonian, 4 minutes on Kodak Pro 400ppf film, from the authors backyard observatory. This shot reveals the magnificence and incredible wealth of detail visible near the nucleus. The green leading edge of the coma can be seen clearly here, emanating from swan bands, and the very unusual purplish brown color of the inner coma is in evidence.

March 5, 1997 - 50mm f/2.8, 5 mins on Fuji 400 Super G Plus. As the comet moved northward, the long blue ion tail became clearly shorter, yet still swept past the most spectacular portions of the Cygnus Milkyway.

Comet Hale Bopp

- 135mm f/4, 10 mins on Fuji 400 Super G Plus film. From Payson, Az by the author from his balcony. Here we can see the rapidly broadening plasma tail reaching up into the Cygnus region. At the upper left is NGC7000, the North America Nebula.

- 5.5" f/1.65 Schmidt Camera, 5 mins on Kodak Pro 400 ppf film. Second in a sequence of images with the schmidt, with the film holder rotated 90 degrees from the above image. Note the brownish-purple color of the dust component in the head and tail. This unusual color is a combination of the swan band component and an absorption effect similar to smog in the vicinity of the coma.

March 3, 1997 - 12.5" f/5 Newtonian, 30 seconds on Kodak Pro 400ppf film, from the authors backyard observatory. This is part one of a three part sequence showing the inner coma and near nucleus features. The sunward jet of material that has caused so much excitement is seen clearly here, and just below it in this shot, a few dark rings can be seen from the spiral jet in the nucleus causing alternating waves of light down the jet.

Comet Hale Bopp   

March 20, 1997 - 135mm f/4, 5 mins on Kodak Pro400ppf. First of two images with the 135mm of the comet rising over the Mogollon Rim in Northern Arizona. The low altitude does have a detrimental effect on the visibility and contrast of the tails, but perhaps from a aesthetic point of view, the Rim and reddening background from the oncoming surise make up for it!

March 20, 1997 - 135mm f/4, 5 mins on Kodak Pro400ppf. Second of two images with the 135mm of the comet rising over the Mogollon Rim in Northern Arizona. As sunrise approaches the ultra red sensitvity of the Pro 400 film really brings out the ruddy sky.

 

- ALL SKY HUBCAP. Now heres what can be best described as a self portrait of the dedicated comet photographer in the morning sky! This shot was taken with my 135mm f/4 lens aimed into a 10 inch automobile hubcap proped up on a chair and facing east. The comet can be seen in all its glory, rising the Mogollon Rim, and the dark shadowy figures is me next to my schmidt camera mount standing perfectly still for 5 minutes. (not an easy thing to do for me!)

Comet Hale Bopp

March 18, 1997 - Evening shot same day as above morning shot showing the progress of the comets evening apparition setting over the trees. Hints of the ion tail are finally appearing, and this shot also reveals the unique aspect of the horizontal tail in the sky after sunset. 135mm f/4, 5 mins on Kodak Pro 400ppf.

March 20, 1997 - 50mm f/2.8, 5 mins on Kodak Pro 400ppf. First of pair of shots taken in the morning sky. The comet was still most spectacular in the morning, and this rising shot exactly matched the naked eye impression (except for color!) as the comet rose over the Mogollon Rim.

March 20, 1997 - 50mm f/2.8, 5 mins on Kodak Pro 400ppf. Second of 50mm shots, same data, and with camera oriented in "portrait mode".

Comet Hale Bopp

March 15, 1997 - Objective prism shot of the comet. A 400mm f/6.3 lens was shot into a prism at the comet, producing this image. The camera was stationary, and the comet and stars were allowed to trail for 5 minutes perpendicular to the prisms dispersion. The extra yellow spectral line seen was the cause of the comets nucleus to take on a yellowish tint to the naked eye. Pro 400ppf.

March 15, 1997 - Objective prism shot of the lights of Payson, some 4 miles distant. Compare this to the above image, and you will see that the prism does a fair job at resolving the spectra of bright sources.

- Morning Rising Sequence. This is one of my most favorite shots so far of the comet, it was taken by putting the camera on a standard tripod, unguided, and opening the shutter with the lens cap on. Then I exposed the film for 20 seconds every 15 minutes seven times. The shot was with a 50mm lens at f/2.8 on Kodak Pro 400 ppf, and shows the extinction band, even present at my 5150 foot elevation yellowing the comet near the horizon. The goal was to also get the tail without the head as the comet rose, which is seen here as well just popping over the Mogollon Rim in Northern Arizona, which is some 20 miles north of my house.

Comet Hale Bopp

March 15, 1997 - 5.5" f/1.65 schmidt camera. First of pair in which the synchrones (?) are at their maximum extent. Comet West in 76 showed similar tail development, but few comets since have anything like this. Pro 400ppf pair of 5 minutes shots combined in darkroom.

March 15, 1997 - 5.5" f/1.65 schmidt camera. Second of pair with schmidt film holder rotated 90 degrees. As is with all schmidt shots I present, the edges match the cardinal directions.

March 15, 1997 - First Evening Shots from Payson. This 135mm f/4 shot was for 5 minutes on Kodak Pro 400 ppf, and shows the unique "horizontal tail" so charecteristic of this comets initial evening apparitions. Just barely above the tree tops, it was only visible for about ten minutes in the bright twilight.

Comet Hale Bopp

March 11, 1997 - the comet with the cocoon nebula in between the two tails was the attraction this night, this 135mm f/4 shot was a pair of 5 minute exposures combined in the darkroom to make this composite with reduced grain and improved color saturation. Pro 400 ppf.

March 11, 1997 - 5.5" f/1.65 schmidt camera. A close up of the comet on this date shows a strengthening of the faint paralell bands in the tail (syncrones?) and a dramatic wrap around blue ion tail that extends off the 9 degree field. Pro 400ppf.

March 15, 1997 - 135mm f/4, two 5 minute exposures combined on Pro 400ppf. This is the date that has the best dust tail detail so far, excellent banding is visible even in this wide angle shot taken in the morning sky.

Comet Hale Bopp

April 8, 1997 - Setting sequence. 50mm f/2.8 lens. This shot was taken by opening the cameras shutter while on a fixed tripod, and only uncovering the lens for 20 seconds every 15 minutes. the resultant combined images shows a very nice action portrait of the comet setting in the west.

April 13, 1997 - 24mm f/2.8 lens, 45 seconds on Kodak Pro 400 ppf. This shot was taken by myself and photographer Vince Mele up on the Mogollon Rim in Northern arizona. We set up the tripod next to a very still pond, and shot the comet and its reflection in the water while cars whizzed by just behind us.

March 8 to March 20 images

March 8, 1997 - 5.5" f/1.65 schmidt camera, two pairs of 5 minutes expoures on Kodak Pro400ppf sandwhiched and then combined to for this composite of two fields. Hints of the Syncrhones are still present, and the gas tail shows abundant ray detail.

Comet Hale Bopp

April 6, 1997 -50mm f/2.8, 5 mins on Kodak Pro 400 ppf. ( you probably are getting the idea by now, I REALLY like this film!) the comets beautiful aspect with the Perseus association and double cluster can be seen here.

April 6, 1997 - 5.5" f/1.65 Schmidt camera, two 5 minute exposures combined in the darkroom. This is the first of a pair of images showing the cluster M34 within the comets dust tail. Note the colors of the stars in the cluster, and how it contrasts beautifully with the comets rich blues and yellows.

April 6, 1997 - 5.5" f/1.65 Schmidt camera, two 5 minute exposures combined in the darkroom. Second of a pair, taken the same way.

Comet Hale Bopp

March 29, 1997 - 135mm f/4, 5 mins on Kodak Pro 400 ppf. I have two images to offer on this date, this one shows the general aspect of the tails with the double cluster in Perseus on the upper right.

March 29, 1997 - 50mm f/1.4, 1 min. This is one of those shots you always wanted to take right? I set the camera up in my living room and shot the setting comet through the window! Perhaps not everyone wants such a shot, but Im not just everyone...

April 6, 1997 - 135mm f/4, two 5 minute exposure combined in the darkroom. This excellent pairing of deep sky objects, shows M34 in Perseus in the tail of the comet very near the head. The comets blue ion tail continues to broaden out, but the dust tail is becoming very long, some 20 degrees naked eye.

Comet Hale Bopp

March 28, 1997 - 135mm f/4, 5 mins on Kodak Pro 400 ppf. More broadening of the ion tail, but the rays in the tail are separating to make them each more distinct.

March 28, 1997 - 5.5" schmidt camera, two 5 minutes exposures combined in the darkroom. This high contrast and detailed image is first of a pair showing excellent detail in the plasma tail of the comet, but nearly a featurless dust tail. This is a far cry from the March 15th images that show the synchronic bands.

March 28, 1997 - 5.5" schmidt camera, two 5 minutes exposures combined in the darkroom. The film holder of the schmidt was rotated 90 degrees (always N-S on one edge!) to reveal yet another aspect of this specatular comet.

Comet Hale Bopp

March 27, 1997 #2- 50mm f/2.8, 5 mins on Kodak Pro 400ppf. Later on, after the comet made its unique pairing with the Andromeda galaxy, I got this image with a wide angle lens, matching the naked eye appearance.

March 27, 1997 #3 - 5.5" f/1.65 schmidt camera, 5 mins on Kodak Pro 400 ppf. This and the next image taken consectutively show the much broadening of the ion tail, with a rapid increase in detail. This trend would continue, making the tail much shorter and fainter over the next few weeks.

March 27, 1997 #3 - 5.5" f/1.65 schmidt camera, 5 mins on Kodak Pro 400 ppf. Portrait orientation of above shot, taken right afterwards.

Comet Hale Bopp 

  

March 25, 1997 - 135mm f/4, 10 mins on Kodak Pro400ppf. The comets still horizontal tail was a very striking sight in arizona, the broadening fan tail was lengthening daily, and the blue ion tail showed much ray detail, even in the 135mm.

March 26, 1997 - 135mm f/4, 10 mins on Kodak Pro 400ppf. The next day, changes can be seen especailly in the gas tail.

March 27, 1997 #1 - 135mm f/4, 5 mins on Kodak Pro 400 ppf. This spectacular pairing with the Andromeda galaxy shows just how big and bright the comet really is. Ive always wanted to get a bright comet in the same picture with M31, because it is so familiar as the one of the brightest deep sky objects in the sky.

Comet Hale Bopp

September 26, 1996, High Pass Filtered to show numerous jets, Taken DURING lunar eclipse totality, 12.5" f/5 Newtonian, Kodak Pro400ppf, 20m, Payson, Az

September 7, 1996, 12.5" f/5 Newtonian, Kodak Pro400ppf, 20m, Payson, Az

September 7, 1996 , High Pass Filtered to reveal jets, 12.5" f/5 Newtonian, Kodak Pro400ppf, 20m, Payson, Az

August 17, 1996

September 26, 1996, Taken DURING lunar eclipse totality, 12.5" f/5 Newtonian, Kodak Pro400ppf, 20m, Payson, Az
 
1996 Images

  

COMET TABUR

October 13, 1996, Note M108 and M97 on right edge, 6" f/3.6 Schmidt Newtonian, Kodak Pro400ppf, 10m, Payson, Az

 

COMET TABUR

October 13, 1996, 12.5" f/5 Newtonian, Kodak Pro400ppf, 15m, Payson, Az

COMET HYAKUTAKE

4/11/96, 8" f/1.5 Schmidt Camera, Fuji 800 Super G Plus film, 4mins, Payson, Az

  
     
1995 Images
     
     
1994 Images
     
     
1993 Images
     
     
1992 Images
     
     
1991 Images

COMET METCALF BREWINGTON

January 18, 1991, 6" f/3.6 Schmidt Newtonian, 15 mins on Hypered 2415 film, Payson

   Comet Levy

September 20, 1990, With M15, 8" f/1.5 Schmidt Camera, 6mins on Fuji HG400 film, Payson

Comet Levy 

February 9, 1991, With spectacular long thin anti tail, 8" f/1.5 Schmidt Camera, 5 mins on Hypered 2415 film, Payson

 COMET LEVY

August 22, 1990, 14" f/5 Newtonian, Offset Guided on stars, 9 mins on Hypered 2415

 
     
1990 Images

   Comet Austin

May 4, 1990, 16" f/4.5 Newtonian, 5mins on Ektar 1000 film, Payson

   Comet Austin

May 6, 1990, Objective Prism Spectra, 400mm f/6.3, 15mins on Ektar 1000, Payson

    Comet Austin

April 27, 1990, 8" f/1.5 Schmidt Camera, 5mins on Hypered 2415, Payson
  
     
1989 Images

COMET BRORESEN METCALF

August 29, 1989, 14" f/5 Newtonian, 15mins on Hypered 2415, Payson, AZ

COMET BRORESEN METCALF

August 14, 1989, 14" f/5 Newtonian, 15mins on Hypered 2415, offset guided on stars to keep comet motionless.

 COMET BRORESEN METCALF

September 10, 1989, 8" f/1.5 Schmidt Camera, 4mins on Hypered 2415, Payson
  
     
1988 Images

   
   
     
1987 Images

COMET BRADFIELD

November 19, 1987, 8" f/1.5 Schmidt Camera, 15mins on Fuji RD100 film, Black Canyon City

COMET BRADFIELD   

November 19, 1987, Objective Prism Spectra, 400mm f/6.3, 20mins on Konica SR1600

 COMET BRADFIELD

November 12, 1987, 16" f/4.5 Newtonian, 15mins on Konica SR400 film, Black Canyon City

 COMET BRADFIELD

December 20, 1987, 8" f/1.5 Schmidt Camera, 2415 film, 10mins, 50cc Yellow filter, Black Canyon City, Az
 
     
1986 Images

COMET HALLEY

April 29, 1986, With Corvus, 50mm f/2.8, 30 mins on Fuji RD100, Dugas Az

   COMET HALLEY

March 8, 1986, 7"fl f/2.5 Aero Ektar, 30 mins on Fuji RD100, Queensland Australia

 COMET HALLEY

March 15, 1986, 7"fl f/2.5 Aero Ektar, 4mins on Ektachrome 400, Black Canyon City

 COMET HALLEY

January 12, 1986, Objective Prism Spectra, 400mm f/6.3, 25mins on 3M1000 film
 
     
1985 Images

   
   
     
1984 Images

   
   
     
1983 Images
Comet IRAS-ARAKI-ALCOCK

May 10, 1983, 135mm f/4 10mins on Tri-x film, Black Canyon City, Az 

   
   
     
1982 Images

   
   
     
1981 Images

COMET BRADFIELD (1980t)

January 14, 1981, 10" f/6 Newtonian, 5mins on Ektachrome 400, Chino Valley, Az

   
   
     
1980 Images

   
   
     
1979 Images

   
   
     
1978 Images

   
   
     
1977 Images

   
   
     
1976 Images

COMET D'ARREST

July 31, 1976, 135mm f/4, 15 mins on Tri-x film, Highland Michigan

COMET WEST   

March 27, 1976, 135mm f/2.8 10 mins on Tri-x film, Highland Michigan

 COMET WEST

March 11, 1976, 135mm f/2.8, 10 mins on Tri-x film, two negs superimposed to reduce grain.

 COMET WEST

March 7, 1976, 135mm f/2.8, 1 min on Tri-x film, Highland Michigan
 
     
1975 Images
 Comet KOBAYASHI BERGER MILLON

July 29, 1975, 135mm f/2.8, 10 mins on Tri-x film, Highland Michigan

   
   
     
1974 Images

COMET KAHOUTEK

Jan. 7, 1974, 135mm f/4, 1min on Tri-x film, Highland Michigan (in deep snow!)

   

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