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Old Jan 9, 2005, 9:30 AM   #1
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Hi;

Set up the tripod in the backyard, took the most sensitive setttings I could get, and nailed the comet; If U want to catch it be quick; you won't get a 2nd chance; It's orbital period is 120 thousand years :GIt's just next to the pleiaden (the bunch of stars visible in the left of the pic). Motionblur caused by the rotation of the earth.

8 sec. F/2.8 ISO400 432mm (35mm equiv.)

I have boosted the midtones to 1,50and reduced the shadows to 5. Noise reduced; no cropping done. Additional info can be found on http://www.space.com/scienceastronom...lz_041207.html

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Old Jan 9, 2005, 9:41 AM   #2
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Greenbaron,

Outstanding photo. I have a cousin who is an avid astrophotographer so I can appreciate your work. I would post some scans of his work but am reluctant since its not really the scope of this forum. Very nice!

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Old Jan 9, 2005, 10:28 AM   #3
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Nice work...

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Old Jan 9, 2005, 10:33 AM   #4
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Ahhhh hope this doesn't sound to dumb but I still don't know which is the comet. I love pictures of the night sky and plan to get some myself.
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Old Jan 9, 2005, 10:43 AM   #5
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wow, how cool is that...
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Old Jan 9, 2005, 1:17 PM   #6
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Greenbaron,
Thanks for the heads up location. I shot a bunch of pictures of Hale-Bopp when it flew by a few years ago. And I just bought a 1.25" eyepiece lens that I can attach to my Nikon cp4500 and couple that to my telescope. I will definitely go out and take a look. Providing the stupid clouds cooperate.

Your picture is not bad for subject that is 32 million miles distant.

Good job,
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Old Jan 9, 2005, 1:44 PM   #7
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Astrophotography is very difficult (at least to me...) This came our great, but I bet you wish you had a bulb setting, like I sometimes do. The motion blur surprised me, didn't think you would get something like that caused by the earth's rotation at 8 seconds.
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Old Jan 10, 2005, 1:24 AM   #8
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Hi,

there was bad weather in our area in last days and I have done my pics of comet yesterday evening after all.

It was quite difficult to do that. Every tripod has own limitation and you see nothing on display to boot.
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Yes... Hale-Bopp... Wish I was already into photograpy by that time; Gosh that one was spectacular; A beer for everyone by the time we get similar one :GI hoped this one would have a visible tail.

The comet is the hazy spot in the right of the picture

The long zoomrange of the fz can be blamed for the blur; The more you zoom in; the more blur you get.I think in this case even more lightsensitive values would do better; like a higher iso.At the 12x max of the fz20, a max shutter of 1 sec. ensures non-blurred stars... A bulb setting could also be usefull; But that would than also require an aid to be able to move exactly along with the stars or comet. (thesethings excist, but I have no clue of what they cost)

Fana; great to see you got a shot of it too; Also very nice to see it moved some further in relation to the stars I found manual focus a better job for these pics. If you zoom to tele-max, prefocus on something far away, and aimat a brighter star, you should be able to see it clearly on the display. (for sure in a half automated mode, with exposure compensation set to max).

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Ahhhh hope this doesn't sound to dumb but I still don't know which is the comet. I love pictures of the night sky and plan to get some myself.
It's the green thing that looks like a bunch of hotpixels clustered together.
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