Comet photo opportunity.

Comet photo opportunity.

20 posts
26 Nov 2013
PaulManuell
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PaulManuell
I saw a programme last night about a comet heading our way (but not in a crashing into us way) that's going to be a very visible naked eye object. It's during the first week of December (from memory) and visible early in the morning. Just thought I'd mention it as it sounds like a brilliant photo opportunity, clear skies permitting. I'm certainly going to try rattling off a mega bracketed 36 exposure film if I'm lucky enough to see it.

Posted 26 Nov 2013
oceanova
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oceanova
Don't get too hopeful, looks like its return trip will be disappointing if at all. I've been following its progress for a while and the theory is it will break-up/melt when it passes the Sun. I get progress info on Facebook earthsky group.


Posted 26 Nov 2013
PaulManuell
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PaulManuell
Really? Damn that Horizon programme, it made it out to be a spectacular sight.

Posted 27 Nov 2013
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Unless I'm getting it wrong, a large comet would just be a light in the sky, pretty much like a star with most camera gear wouldn't it? I've had some success with the Perseides showers in August, but those give hooting star type pictures and frequency is about 2-3 a minute so you stand a decent chance in clear skies with a wide angle fitted.

Posted 27 Nov 2013
PaulManuell
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PaulManuell
No, a comet's the one that has a bright head and long tail flowing from it. And that's not a meteor, they just streak across the sky, whereas a comet appears static. There've been a couple that I've seen in the past and they're beautiful to look at.

Posted 27 Nov 2013
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Ah right, I only really remember Haleys comet, which was a bit shit give me shooting stars any day
Posted 27 Nov 2013
PaulManuell
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PaulManuell
I remember Haley's comet being on the news when it was here, but never saw it myself. The 2 I do remember seeing though, were (and excuse my spellings, I know they're going to be totally wrong) Hale Boppe and Hyatukate, and they were both bright and beautiful to see. I managed a photo of one of them but it was pretty crap tbh. That's why I'd love another opportunity to photograph one.

Posted 27 Nov 2013
PaulManuell

I remember Haley's comet being on the news when it was here, but never saw it myself. The 2 I do remember seeing though, were (and excuse my spellings, I know they're going to be totally wrong) Hale Boppe and Hyatukate, and they were both bright and beautiful to see. I managed a photo of one of them but it was pretty crap tbh. That's why I'd love another opportunity to photograph one.



cheekyPress Agencies will be interested if you can capture this, Paul. All the very best...let us all know how you get on...

Posted 27 Nov 2013
PaulManuell
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PaulManuell
Thank you Suzy. Trouble is, even if I took the shot of the century (I know, but bear with me, haha), the press would want the digital file yesterday, not a week later when I've had the film developed and given the cd to someone to send the file off for me. Would be old news by then. I'd just be happy with a half decent photo, even if only for myself
Posted 27 Nov 2013
modjo30
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modjo30
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Unless I'm getting it wrong, a large comet would just be a light in the sky, pretty much like a star with most camera gear wouldn't it? I've had some success with the Perseides showers in August, but those give hooting star type pictures and frequency is about 2-3 a minute so you stand a decent chance in clear skies with a wide angle fitted.


With the long exposure needed you should get a nice tail in the image , not just a dot like a star

Posted 27 Nov 2013
oceanova
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oceanova
I'm gonna try using deepskystacker software if it makes it back

Posted 27 Nov 2013
Bob
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Bob
Seeing Hale Bopp was one of the most memorable events of my life, and I even managed to capture it on film, but unfortunately I did not own a digital camera back in April '97 and I only had a 300mm lens with me so I could not get decent shots.

On the night the comet passed closest to Earth a bunch of us were out in the Sahara southwest of Tamagroute, courtesy of Michelin who were promoting their then new Scorpion desert tyre to international motoring journalists competing on the '97 Toyota Desert Raid. The sky was cloudless, as is usual at that time of year in the Western Sahara, and the nearest civilisation (village) was at least 40 kilometres away from our camp, so there was no light spill to spoil our view. Even the Michelin guys who were trying to give the formal product presentation gave up and joined us drivers and navigators lying on our backs on a steeply sloping dune just taking in the spectacular sight while drinking warm Moroccan wine and nibbling on charcoal grilled lamb kebabs. A truly wondrous experience.

Bob
Posted 27 Nov 2013
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modjo30
With the long exposure needed you should get a nice tail in the image , not just a dot like a star
That'd be a blur then rather than a tail?
Posted 27 Nov 2013
frankpht
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frankpht
modjo30

With the long exposure needed you should get a nice tail in the image , not just a dot like a star


Comets come with the tail as part of the package.  Unless you want a longer one which will only turn the stars and planets into trails.  Then the comet just becomes a star trail.
Posted 27 Nov 2013
gwentman
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gwentman
frankpht

Comets come with the tail as part of the package.  Unless you want a longer one which will only turn the stars and planets into trails.  Then the comet just becomes a star trail.[/qt
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Just what happened in my shot of the Hale - Bopp comet.
You can see that it's elongated as are the stars alongside.
I should have used the Nikkormat with the 200mm but somehow chose the RB67 with standard 90mm lens.

Film was Ilford HP5 plus and the exposure was one of 10 bracketed shots.

The chance of seeing a Comet is I suppose about 20 to 1 during your lifetime, the odds against having a cloudless night sky in Wales is astronomical.surprise
Mike

http://images.purestorm.com/z-images3/imageupload15/gwentman_18851230_thm.jpg?983107180


Someone like to put the image up here for me?

It looks better accessed from my ;folio.

Posted 27 Nov 2013
Edited by gwentman 27 Nov 2013
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