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Comet photo opportunity.

26 November 2013 17:41
PaulManuell
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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.


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26 November 2013 18:07
oceanova
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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.


26 November 2013 19:02
PaulManuell
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Really? Damn that Horizon programme, it made it out to be a spectacular sight.


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27 November 2013 04:20
profilepictures
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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.


27 November 2013 05:09
PaulManuell
Photographer


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.


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27 November 2013 05:55
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Ah right, I only really remember Haleys comet, which was a bit profilepictures is a naughty person give me shooting stars any day


27 November 2013 06:22
PaulManuell
Photographer


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.


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27 November 2013 07:05
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Quote from 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.




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27 November 2013 08:11
PaulManuell
Photographer


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


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27 November 2013 08:34
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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




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