Comets

 

 

 

Comet Lovejoy - 2014 Q2

Jan 24, 2015

 

 

 

 

Comet 2012 S1 ISON

Tracking comet, letting stars streak

Taken Jan 19, 2013 with 6" refractor and Canon EOS 5D Mark II

It was slightly farther from the sun than the orbit of Jupiter

 

 

 

This is the full frame image.

Comet is within blue circle

 

 

 

 

Comet McNaught (2009 R1)

5-minute exposure, June 11, 2010

Mount was tracking comet and letting stars streak

 

 

 

Comet Lulin (2007 N3)

3-minute exposure, Feb, 23, 2009

Mount was tracking stars and letting comet smear a bit

 

 

 

Comet Lulin (2007 N3)

3-minute exposure, Feb, 23, 2009

Mount was tracking comet and letting stars streak

 

 

 

Comet 2006 A1 - Pojmanski

The stars are streaked because the mount was tracking the comet.

The comet was moving north, toward the top of the image.

So the stationary stars appear to be moving south, toward the bottom.

 

 

 

 

Comet Machholz - 2004 Q2

(with strobing passenger jet)

Dec. 20, 2004

 

 

 

 

Most Comet images show dramatic comas and tails.

But the image above shows how many comets look in small telescopes.

These 4 comets were imaged the same morning, between 4 am and 5 am.

They were up there in different areas of the sky hiding among the background stars.

 

 

All images Copyright 2000-2020 Charles & Pat Briley

 


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