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Old 15-06-2014, 10:28 PM
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Vale Bill Bradfield

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It is with great sadness that I report the passing of the world renowned Australian comet hunter Bill Bradfield (1928-2014). Bill Bradfield was the 20th Century's foremost visual comet hunter, discovering 18-comets between 1972 and 2004. Bill died peacefully after a long illness on the 9th of June.
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Old 15-06-2014, 10:32 PM
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Sad news Andrew, a legend of Australian (and world!) amateur astronomy. Such are the advances in amateur astronomy that you can say with absolute certainty that there'll never ever be another like him. RIP.
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Old 15-06-2014, 10:37 PM
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Sad news indeed, I was just last week reading of him. A clever man, previously a research scientist working on rocket propulsion.
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Old 15-06-2014, 10:38 PM
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Sad news indeed!!!
He was the most famous Aussie amateur, and with good reason.
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Old 15-06-2014, 10:46 PM
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Pleasure to have met Bill

Met Bill at the SPSP that coincided with Comet Hale Bopp.
Had a pair of new 20 x 80 binocs mounted and pointed at the bright short fan like comet on the Western Horizon.

His words...
Wow, Ive never seen a comet like that.
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Old 15-06-2014, 11:22 PM
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Oh no, that is sad news. For me, he will be forever remembered for his comets.
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Old 16-06-2014, 12:30 AM
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Sad to hear Bill has passed on. An extraordinary amateur astronomer.

http://auklanddrive.org/Astronomy/AS...Bradfield.html
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Old 16-06-2014, 09:40 AM
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It is sad to hear of Bills passing, I had some correspondence with him in the early 1990's and he was also a guest of the Queensland Astrofest some time back.
A true gentleman and a great observer.
RIP Bill
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Old 16-06-2014, 10:43 AM
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Very sad news to hear of the death of Bill Bradfield.

He mentored me in comet hunting.
I had the privilege of visiting him several times at his home, and he showed me the amazing home made equipment that he used for his discoveries.

we will miss him.

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Old 16-06-2014, 11:56 AM
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Very sad to hear of his passing.

A wonderful man.

RIP Bill
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Old 16-06-2014, 12:16 PM
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I'm very sad to hear of Bill's passing. He was truly a legend of amateur astronomy. Skill and dedication like his are rare qualities.
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Old 16-06-2014, 01:30 PM
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Rest In Peace.
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Old 16-06-2014, 03:52 PM
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A sad loss to South Australia, astronomy and those who knew him.

I met Bill once quite a few years ago and found his interest in comet discovery very engaging.

In 2011 I won the award named after Bill and it was a real honour to receive the award. The Astronomical Society of South Australia runs the award and I am sure this year will be particularly special for the award recipient.

You will be missed Bill.
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Old 16-06-2014, 05:26 PM
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Sad news. I met Bill once only on 20th October 1989 where he spoke at the ASV's meeting in Melbourne. His talk was very engaging I do recall that! He signed my copy of Leslie Peltier's Starlight Nights.
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Old 16-06-2014, 08:37 PM
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I feel very saddened by this (it's just sinking in). There was time when it almost seemed Bill had ownership of every bright comet found and the announcement of a new Bradfield comet brought great excitement! Around 1982 I had the opportunity to meet the man in person, and to be honest I was in quiet awe and it wasn't until recent years I attempted to contact him. Sadly, when I finally did contact him again last year his memory had faded and he could not recall his comet hunting times. However, the memories of his achievement's will continue to live on...RIP Bill.

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Old 16-06-2014, 11:02 PM
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Sad news ,I met him myself at SPSP his visual comet hunting was just was just inspirational, RIP Bill


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Old 17-06-2014, 03:35 PM
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Very sad to hear about this - Bill was one of the greats.
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Old 21-06-2014, 11:38 AM
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Bill was the president of the Astronomical Society of South Australia in the late 1970s when I lived in Adelaide.
He often announced a new comet at the start of a meeting, exciting times.

Bill Bradfield, Comet Hunter Extraordinaire (1927-2014)
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astro...ire-1927-2014/
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Old 21-06-2014, 03:25 PM
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I only just found out about Bill Bradfield passing away. Very saddened to hear this news.

RIP Mr Bradfield.
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Old 21-06-2014, 03:48 PM
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Vale, Bill Bradfield. Like most of the respondents here, I was and still am, in awe of Bill's patient, persistent searching of the sky.

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