Great Comets of the Past: Images from 1999 thru 2006

 

 

Comet Hale-Bopp - An Image Collection

Kopernik’s finest images of Comet Hale-Bopp

Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann Fragment B, image taken April 27, 2006 at 2:40 UT

Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann broke into multiple pieces; this is one of many fragments.

Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann Fragment B, image taken April 27, 2006 at 3:00 UT

This image of ‘B’ is from ten 60-second exposures – the star trails result from the comet moving.

Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann Fragment C, image taken April 27, 2006 at 3:21 UT

This fragment was the main component of the comet; as of May 1st it was just visible with the unaided eye.

Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann Fragment R, image taken May 1, 2006 at 2:45 UT

Fragment R measured only magnitude 16.4 in this short 45 second exposure

Comet C/2006 M4 (SWAN), image taken Nov 22, 2006 at 0:50 UT

This comet was rapidly fading when we took this image with the Kopernik 20-inch scope.

Comet C/2006 M4 (SWAN), “The Movie” (large file)

Watch Comet SWAN move amongst the stars over 8 minutes.

Comet Machholz, C/2004 Q2, 10:40pm EST, Dec. 17, 2004

A series of seventeen 45 sec exposures; Comet was about 5th magnitude.

Comet Machholz, C/2004 Q2

Same image stretched to show gas tail details; image with STL-1301E camera.

Comet LINEAR C/2003 K4, image taken July 4, 2004 at 3:00 UT

A series of several 1-min. exposures with 20-inch scope; Comet was about magnitude 7.2.

Comet NEAT C/2001 Q4, image taken May 12, 2004 at 1:36 UT

CCD image of the head shows shells of gas and dust

Comet NEAT C/2001 Q4, image taken May 17, 2004 at 1:53 UT

Color image of nucleus taken with ST-9E CCD thru our 20-inch F/8 scope.

Comet NEAT C/2001 Q4, wide-field image taken May 17, 2004 at 1:50 UT

Image made from two 7-minute exposures with 400mm F/4.5 telephoto lens; Kodak MAX film.

Comet NEAT C/2001 Q4, image taken May 20, 2004 at 2:00 UT

A series of several 2 min. exposures tracking on the Comet; 80mm Brandon.

Comet NEAT C/2001 Q4, image taken May 20, 2004 at 2:00 UT

A 2 min. exposure with ST-9E CCD thru our 80mm Brandon refractor.

Comet Hoenig (C 2002 O4), image taken August 4, 2002 at 6:18 UT

This Comet could become a bright binocular object later in August.

Comet LINEAR 2001 A2, image taken April 20, 2001 at 1: 10 UT

This Comet has unexpectedly brightened into a binocular object in the west at dusk.

Comet LINEAR 2001 A2, image taken July 21, 2001 at 3:40 UT

Mosaic of two ST-9E CCD images thru our 20-inch telescope, working at F/4.

Comet LINEAR C/2000 WM1, image taken December 8, 2001 at 0:55 UT

This Comet was magnitude 5.5 when imaged and is showing a tail.

Comet LINEAR C/2000 WM1, image taken November 18, 2001 at 4:10 UT

This Comet was magnitude 6.5 when imaged and is brightening.

Comet McNaught-Hartley, 1999 T1, image taken April 20, 2001 at 2:45 UT

This Comet was at 11th magnitude when imaged.

Comet C/1999 S4 (LINEAR)

Three 60 second CCD images taken on July 8th, 2000