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Comet Holmes (Oct. 24 - Nov. 7, 2007)
EquipmentMeade LXD 75 10" Schmidt Newtonian with Canon 1DS Mark II and Televue Powrmate 4x barlow
DescriptionI believe this is a possible breakup of Comet Holmes. This is a photo wich seems to show more than one come in the central region of Comet Holmes (two main bright pieces and one smaller). My guess is that if this is the photo of a comet breakup, that might explain why the comet got so bright "unexplainebly" and then started to dim tonight. On October 26, 2007 at about 8:00 PM PST my exposure was 15 seconds at f/4 and 200 ISO and one bright single coma. Tonight (October 28) at the same time with darker skies (no moon) my exposure was 45 seconds at ISO 800 !!! No clouds and no moon, but 2 bright centers and a dimmer one all within the center region.
LocationOrleans, Ontario, Canada
Date28/10/2007 at 9:20pm
EquipmentCanon Rebel XT piggybacked on my C8N with a Sigma 70-300 @ 190mm, F5, ISO 800 for 20 seconds.
DescriptionAn expanding Comet Holmes continues to impress!
DateOct-28-2007 at 21h-22h Eeastern
EquipmentCorrection to my last, the addiditionnal bright objects where some background stars, as seens on this animation
LocationMount Laurel, NJ
EquipmentCelestron CPC1100 with Nikon D70. Median combination of 26 4 second exposures at 1600 ISO. No filters.
PhotographerJohnie K Gibbs
LocationRural Shelby Co. KY
Date28 Oct. 2007 8:43 pm
EquipmentLXD75 SN-10AT UHTC and Meade LPI
DescriptionThis is a composite of 200 1 sec. images stacked and alinged in Autostar Envisage. This is the raw image no other pocessing was done.
LocationSouth Bend, IN
Date28 Oct. 2007 0315 UT
EquipmentOlympus c-4000 Zoom digital camera, tripod mounted, 16 sec. exposure at f/2.8 ISO 400
DescriptionComet Holmes has brightened to rival Alpha Persei and now is large enough to begin to show hints of being non-stellar to the naked eye. Bright enough to be easily visible despite the nearly full Moon.
PhotographerGlenn MJ Marsden
Date28/10/07 @ 22:00
EquipmentMeade 10" with a Canon 20D
DescriptionComet 17P/Holmes is very easy to find this evening with the naked eye. "This is unbelievable!"
DateOctober 28 2007 9:15 PM
Equipment6" Dob with Canon A60 set to 4 seconds at 200 ISO.
DescriptionTonight I observed comet Holmes with two bright dots near the center of the comet. You can see these two dots in the picture. There is no tracking so there is a timy bit of tracking. I did not see these dots on previous viewings.
DateOctober, the 28 1007 around 21:30
EquipmentMeade 2080 (8"SC with F=2m) Canon 250d Registax 4 and Photoshop
DescriptionThe great unexpected 17P/Holmes
LocationGossau ZH Switzerland
EquipmentWilliam Optics Megrez 90, Orion Sky View Pro, Imaging Source Firewire camera. 20x5s images recoreded and stacked using Astro IICD.
DescriptionComet 17P/Homes is incredibly bright, the brightest comet I have seen since Hale-Bopp! Even in bright moonlight the comet can be seen without optical aid. :-)