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COMET IMAGES OVERVIEW PAGE

John Drummond, Possum Observatory, Gisborne, New Zealand

Images displayed in chronological order (most recent at the top)

The following are an overview of comet images taken with an SBIG STL11000M (C2) CCD (recent images), and a Canon EOS 10D digital SLR camera (older images) and (usually) a 41cm (16") f4.5 Meade Starfinder Newtonian telescope. The Camera details are...

Camera
Mega Pix
Chip Size(mm)
Microns
Pixel Array
Depth
14" (35cm) f10 FOV
16" (f4.5, 5.2) FOV
SBIG STL11000M (C2)
11
36.0 x 24.7
9
4008 x 2672
50,000e
34' x 23' (0.52"/pix (1x1))
59' x 39' (0.88"/pix (1x1))
Canon 10D DSLR
6.3
22.7 x 15.2
7.4
3072 x 2048
21' x 14' (0.37" / pixel)
43' x 28'

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2013 Oct 02.62UT. Comet Lovejoy (C/2013 R1). 41cm (16") Meade Newtonian @ f5.2. Canon 550D. 20 x 3 min @ 800 iso. No Moon.
2013 Oct 01.38UT. Comet Brewington (154P). 41cm (16") Meade Newtonian @ f5.2. Canon 550D. 25 x 3 min @ 800 iso. No Moon.
2012 Feb 24.33UT. Comet PANSTARRS (C/2011 L4). 20cm (8") Vixen Newtonian @ f4.5. Canon 500D. 10 x 15 sec. Bright 12 day Moon.
2012 Feb 24.37UT. Comet Lemmon (C/2012 F6). 20cm (8") Vixen Newtonian @ f4.5. Canon 500D. 60 x 1 min. Bright 12 day Moon.
2012 Feb 20.35UT. Comet Lemmon (C/2012 F6) and PANSTARRS (C/2011 L4) 29 degrees apart. Canon 500D, 20mm lens @f2.8. 10 x 15 sec.
2012 Feb 16.41UT. Comet Lemmon (C/2012 F6), 47 Tucanae, SMC. Canon 500D, 200mm Sigma lens @f2.8. 32 x 2 min. Tail = 6 degrees.
2012 Feb 08.42UT. Comet PANSTARRS (C/2011 L4). 41cm f5.2 Meade Newtonian. STL11000M CCD, 30 x 1 min. FOV = ~1.0 x 0.7 degrees

2012 Feb 15.~.50UT. 2012 DA14. 41cm f5.2 Meade Newtonian. STL11000M CCD, many x 2 sec. FOV = ~1.0 x 0.7 degrees

2012 Feb 14.55UT. Comet Lemmon (C/2012 F6), 47 Tucanae, SMC. Canon 500D, 200mm Sigma lens @f2.8. 2 x 2 min. FOV = 6.5 x 4.5 degrees. Click here for movie animation about ~3 hours of comet movement
2012 Feb 09.42UT. Comet Lemmon (C/2012 F6). 41cm f5.2 Meade Newtonian. STL11000M CCD, 10 x 1 min. FOV = ~1.0 x 0.7 degrees
2012 Feb 08.44UT. Comet Lemmon (C/2012 F6). Canon 500D, 130mm Takahashi Epsilon @f3.3. 29 x 1-2 min. FOV=4.8x3.2 degrees. Tail = ~6 d
2012 Feb 02.41UT. Comet Lemmon (C/2012 F6). Canon 500D, 200mm Sigma lens @f2.8. 30 x 1 min. FOV = 6.5 x 4.5 degrees. Tail = ~5 degrees
2012 Feb 02.41UT. Comet Lemmon (C/2012 F6). 41cm f5.2 Meade Newtonian. STL11000M CCD, 30 x 1 min. FOV = ~1.0 x 0.7 degrees
2012 Jan 23.62UT. Comet Lemmon (C/2012 F6). 41cm f5.2 Meade Newtonian. Canon 500D DSLR, 20 x 1 min. FOV = ~43' x 27'
2012 Jan 23.62UT. Comet PANSTARRS (C/2011 L4). 41cm f5.2 Meade Newtonian. Canon 500D DSLR, 6 x 2 min. FOV = ~43' x 27'
2012 Jan 21.62UT. Comet Lemmon (C/2012F6). 41cm f5.2 Meade Newtonian. Canon 500D DSLR, 20 x 1 min. FOV = ~43' x 27'
2012 Jan 21.62UT. Comet PANSTARRS (C/2011L4). 41cm f5.2 Meade Newtonian. Canon 500D DSLR, 20 x 10 sec. FOV = ~43' x 27'
2013 Jan 9 UT. Comet PANSTARRS (C/2011L4). 41cm f5.2 Meade Newtonian. STL11000M CCD, 15 x 1min, Clear 1x1. FOV = ~25' x 15'
2012 Jan 5 UT. Comet Lovejoy (C/2011W3). 70mm f2.8 Sigma lens, Canon 500D DSLR. 5 x 2 minutes @ 1600 iso. FOV = 17 x 12 degrees
2012 Jan 5 UT. Comet Lovejoy (C/2011W3). 20mm f3,2 Canon lens, Canon 500D DSLR. 7 x 1 minutes @ 1600 iso. FOV 60 x 40 degree. 35 degree tail? Crux upper
 
2011 Dec 28UT. Comet Lovejoy (C/2011W3) and the International Space Station. 20mm f2.8 Canon lens, Canon 500D DSLR. 1x6 minutes @ 1600 iso.
 
2011 Dec 27UT. Comet Lovejoys (C/2011W3) brighter section of tail? 20mm f2.8 Canon lens, Canon 500D DSLR. 3x2 minutes @ 800 iso.
 
2011 Dec 26UT. Comet Lovejoy's (C/2011W3) tail tip. 70mm f2.8 Sigma lens, Canon 500D DSLR. 4x2 minutes @ 800 iso. Equates to a 38 degree tail! Beta-Gamma Crux at upper right, Beta Cen at lower right.
     
2011 Dec 25UT. Comet Lovejoy (C/2011W3). 20mm f2.8 Canon lens, Canon 500D DSLR. 28 seconds @ 12800 iso. Young Nicks Head in background. 27* tail.
2011 Dec 2. TLc001 - 'Comet Lovejoy'. 35cm f10 Meade SCT. STL11K CCD. 30 second subs. 60 x Clear (2x2). -25*C
19 Aug 2010. Comet Encke. 41cm f5.2 Meade Newtonian. 550d DSLR, 12 x 30 sec, 1600 ISO. FOV = 25' x 15'
Comet LONEOS (C/2007 F1). Click here for images
16 Mar 07. Comet Lovejoy (C/2006 E2) confirmation image. 16" Meade Newt @ f5.2. STL11K CCD. 3 min subs - 6L,3R,2G,2B
Comet McNaught images... mainly with the Canon 10D DSLR
2 June 06, Comet Shwassmann-Wachmann - B and C. 200mm lens
2 Jan 06 - C/2004B1 and NGC 6887 (Tel), 22x1min@800asa-16"
14 DEC 2004 - Comet Machholz and 6 degree tail
12 DEC 2004 - Comet Machholz and meteor
12 DEC (not Sept) 2004 - Comet Machholz
12 DEC 2004 - Comet LINEAR (C/2003 K4). 16"
10 DEC 2004 - Comet Machholz (C/2004 Q2). 16"
1 DEC 2004 - Comet Machholz, Sigma 280mm FL f2.8, 5x 2min, 800asa
29 Nov 2004 - Comet Machholz (C/2004 Q2), 16", 1 x 5 min, 800asa
21 Nov 2004 - Comet Maccholz becoming visible to the naked eye
20 Nov 2004 (UT) - Comet Machholz (C/2004 Q2), 480mm FL f5.6
16 Nov 2004 (UT) - Comet Machholz (C/2004 Q2), 16"
31 Oct 2004 - Comet Machholz (C/2004 Q2)
7 Sept 2004 - Comet ASAS (C/2004 R2)
31 Aug 2004 - Comet Machholz (C/2004 Q2)
12 Aug 2004 - Comet LINEAR (C/2003 K4)
Comet 2002 T7 (LINEAR) - Wed 23 June 2004 (UT)
Comet 2002 T7 (LINEAR) - Mon 14th June 2004 (UT)
Comet 2004 H6 (SWAN) - Mon 15th June 2004 (UT)
     
Comet 2004 H6 (SWAN) - 04-05-31 (UT)