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RE: autumn comet!!

Postby cyclops » Mon Sep 18, 2006 6:50 pm

Well, heres my shot of Hale Bopp in 96:
[image]http://members.lycos.co.uk/numanoid27/hpbimg/hale-bopp.bmp[/image]
There's coffee in that nebula!
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RE: autumn comet!!

Postby skymaster » Mon Sep 18, 2006 9:53 pm

excellent pics gang,hale-bopp is my all time greatest sight.
lets hope comet m4 swan,and barnard2 give us a show.
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RE: autumn comet!!

Postby big dipper » Wed Sep 20, 2006 12:33 am

Ah who can forget Hale Bopp! It brings back such pleasant memories of early 1997 and was a pectacular comet. Here is my best shot of that splendid object:

[image]http://www.mackenzie1963.freeserve.co.uk/images/halebopp.jpg[/image]

John to answer your question - unfortunately the carpenter friend who is due to do the work for me (I am NO DIY-er!) has not been in the best of health in recent months. I am therefore having to exercise patience, but rest assured, although my own health has gone down hill, too (my balance is really bad in the dark) I haven't chucked in the towel yet. [:)]
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RE: autumn comet!!

Postby skymaster » Wed Sep 20, 2006 12:33 am

hi,andy stunning shot,mate.i remember it well.
i watched it for hours at a time.brilliant.
i even took my holidays earlier in the year so as to observe it.
my last view of it was back in work,sitting on the forklift,with my 10x50's.
was my 'own' boss back then.
rgds,andy
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RE: autumn comet!!

Postby big dipper » Wed Sep 20, 2006 12:50 am

One note of sadness that I remember being connected to this comet was a remark made by the renown space artist and regular contributor to the Sky @ Night (and close friend of Patrick's), Paul Doherty. Speaking just before his death from cancer at 49 in late 1997, he was quoted as saying how lucky he felt that he had been alive long enough to see the spectacular Hale Bopp, earlier that year.

The man is still greatly missed but its nice to know that HB gave him some comfort during his final months. A great artist.
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RE: autumn comet!!

Postby skymaster » Wed Sep 20, 2006 12:50 am

yeah,andy makes you think sometimes!
i'll always remember hale-bopp,such a beautiful sight.
you never know whats around the corner,these days.
i think you have to make the most of it while we are here.
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RE: autumn comet!!

Postby cyclops » Wed Sep 20, 2006 11:53 pm

Superb shot Andy, what gear did you use for that? I used a wide angle zoom on regular film, it surprised me how bright and easily visible this one was!
Also I have noticed how distinct each comet seems, you can easily distinguish between many of them!
There's coffee in that nebula!
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RE: autumn comet!!

Postby big dipper » Thu Sep 21, 2006 1:00 am

Thanks Larry. I had to revisit my webpage to see how it was taken. It was a single half hour shot with a 135mm lens (obviously cropped - not sure of the f ratio) piggy backed on my 11 SCT. Film used is the now defunct Kodak Pro Gold 400 print film (all the rage back in 1997).
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RE: autumn comet!!

Postby jsc248 » Thu Sep 21, 2006 2:03 pm

Hi Andy,
I'm sorry to hear about the decline in your health but I'm glad to hear you haven't given up yet. Brilliant Hale-Bopp image, we must be due for another bright one soon!
John.
To me astronomy is looking up and thinking "What the heck is going on up there!!"
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RE: autumn comet!!

Postby les » Thu Sep 21, 2006 10:23 pm

HI Cyclops,
Your right Hale Bopp was a very distinctive comet you can a recognise its squat shape and double tail on any photo without captions.Hyakutake was more drawn out but instantly recognisable also.My favourite memorys of Hyakutake was when at +1 magnitude it whistled passed close Polaris,then exactly a year later -1 magnitude Hale Bopp passed the Andromeda galaxy.The comet was circumpolar and I easily saw it late in the night skirting the northern horizon despite the lights of Edinburgh.Great memories of two wonderful comets.
Regards Les.
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