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Old 18-01-2007, 05:22 PM
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Wat a Luverly Comet we're having!

Thanks for comments evryone whew I am almost glad its cloudy now - lol thats almost a sick thing to say i know - but get a chance to recharge batteries and write detailed personal histerical .. er i mean historical logs!
man, the most imaged comet in history?, or would that go to hale-bopp still? those close - ups here, and in the other threads, are just fantastic, many remind me of the views i had thru the 8x56 eschenbachs and the 20x80's binocs, i will be putting them in my personal logs as examples/reminders of those amazing views.
also love the widefields close to human vision views andrew and roger - gee , as mentioned by Paul, perth has had the best views me-thinks - reminds me of the olympics would be in sydney annoucement by the IOC - ' and the winner is...perth!'
Ok, now we know we have a luverly golden/yellow dusty sunlight reflecting broad-tailed dusty comet of maybe 6 or 7d, the 64k question now is ... how big is the Ion tail!!!!!??? could it be a beauty also, and who will be first to image and see it?
Keep 'em coming all you good people of IIS! I need more images MORE I SAY! ....FEED ME!!! lol
and asi, would love to know what lens you used, seems to be very nice my friend
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Old 18-01-2007, 06:04 PM
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hey I just read of a 10-15 d dust tail being imaged from NH - OMG IIS'ers GO GO GO!!!!
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Old 18-01-2007, 06:14 PM
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btw! i am still waiting for the first mobile phone/camera pic of a comet in history tonight!? (i dont have one unfortunately)
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Old 18-01-2007, 07:53 PM
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Hi all,

Here's my attempts from the 17th just using a plain old digital camera (Ricoh G4Wide) down at the beach in Perth. The horizon is not level due to the fence pole the camera was sitting on! The red dot in the background is a navigation marker and the bright white dot in the lower left are people fishing on a groyne. The other bright lights on the right are ships and Venus.

Hope the cloud clears for this evening. Quite a spectacle.

Cheers,

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Old 18-01-2007, 08:08 PM
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their fantastic Geoff wow what a grand view! love the w-i-i-idefield with venus the best! thanks!
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Old 18-01-2007, 09:39 PM
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Wow!! Great shots everyone I just can't wait to see it myself so i can try for a shot too!!
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Old 18-01-2007, 09:53 PM
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I put my 6 inch F3.6 "Cometracker" to work tonight, going to wallsend Park to get it between areas of high cloud, 3x 1 sec ISP 200 shots stacked, taken at 8:56pm local time
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Old 18-01-2007, 10:07 PM
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Hi Scott, that's an awesome image.

Fantastic
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Old 18-01-2007, 10:11 PM
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wow scott

that is the best image of the comet that i have seen so far

NICE WORK
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Old 18-01-2007, 10:15 PM
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Awesome scott quick send it to all the magazines Show them yanks what Aussie photographers can do in tough situations
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Old 18-01-2007, 10:28 PM
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Thanks
yes I will send it off when I get back from Lostock
It was awe inspiring standing in the park seeing it naked eye and thru 8x56 binocs, a very yellow colour and so bright and a long tail. Even after the head had set the tail was visible like a searchlight beam.
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Old 18-01-2007, 10:31 PM
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WOW - what an amazing comet this is. Clearly visible in the twighlight as a great streak - just an awesome sight. Got heaps of shots tonight (18th Jan), a sample of which are below. I haven't processed these shots (mostly because I don't know how ) apart from some resizing and the last one is a crop of a slightly larger image.

Details (all with 400D)
1) 2.5sec, ISO 100, using 4" ST Refractor (500mm focal length)

2) 10sec ISO 200, F5.6 (18-55mm kit lens @ 55mm)

3) 21sec, ISO100, F3.5 (18-55mm @ 18mm) - shows the streamers from the tail


thanks for looking
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Old 18-01-2007, 10:38 PM
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Luckily got a break in the clouds just at the right time tonight. Here are my two best images.

Taken with Canon EOS10D, 70-200mm f/4 with 1.4x TC. Both images f/5.6, exp 3.2s at ISO 100. One at 98mm and other at 280mm.

Finally got to see the amazing tail that you guys have been imaging the last two nights. Switched location this time and viewed from the top of Nielsen Park in Vaucluse, just about 50 metres from the street to get away from the lights. Unlike previous photos on Monday, the comet was to the side of the city rather than smack in the middle, which I think improved transparency just a bit. Took around 25 shots and got just as many mozzie bites as I forgot to put on repellent!

Tomorrow night I'm off to Lake Macquarie to visit the in-laws. Hoping to get even darker skies there. Forecast looks good too.

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Old 18-01-2007, 10:41 PM
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Finally I have a pic of it, took 3 days to get it.
Clouds,clouds and more clouds.
Taken with Canon 400D on tripod.
Location - Lighthouse, Port Macquarie
Shooting Date/Time 18/01/2007 8:41:18 PM
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Old 18-01-2007, 10:42 PM
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Hey Andrew D (astro_south), that last one is awesome. You must have really clear transparent skies where you live.

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Old 18-01-2007, 10:42 PM
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more brilliant shots its gonna be an awesome week ahead - check out the type III tail in last widefield shot of Andrews!! there heavier particles that are too heavy for the solar wind to easily move, tracing out McNaughts recent orbit/path through the solar system, just amzing, no doubting this is one in a lifetime stuff now a very nice distant future meteor shower in the making?
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Old 18-01-2007, 10:44 PM
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My first astro image!!

Hi Everyone!

I have enjoyed all your images to date!

I have been trying to see this darn comet all week but have been blocked by clouds! That was until tonight!!

I was shocked by how amazing it looked! Tonight was also my first atempt at any sort of astro imaging.

These shots were on a 20D with 70-200L f4
Around 4 sec @ f8 400iso

Thanks Everyone.
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Wow and what a first attempt.
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Old 18-01-2007, 10:52 PM
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Davewaldo, very nice shots. The first one should end up on your wall, unless you take an even better one in the next few days!

Make sure you submit them to www.spaceweather.com so people in the US can enjoy them too (plus it's cool to show your friends and work colleagues that one of your pics has been published on an American website!)

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Old 18-01-2007, 10:58 PM
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G'day All,

Here are my attempts from Redcliffe (just north of Brisbane). I first observed the comet from this place on Sunday evening.

In the close up image it appears the nucleus may have split? Or is this just an artefact of my rather dodgy astrophotography techniques? Other images with similar meta-data show almost the same results.

CMN1 Image data: 6 second exposure at f14 (I forgot to open it up after the sunset pics ), ISO 800, 300mm zoom.

CMN1_closeup Image data: as above for CMN1 just cropped to show nucleus at original image size.

CMN2 Image data: 4.5 second exposure at f14, ISO 400, 75mm zoom.

The last is just a sunset shot that kept me entertained while I waited for the comet.

Peter.
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