November 2007 Archives

I had the opportunity to make an interesting comparison of Comet Holmes' visibility from Phoenix and from Flagstaff this weekend. While in Phoenix, I tried to view the comet from a fully moonlit, light-polluted sky and was not surprised that I could not see it with the naked eye. With...
f/11 - 3 x 7 minute exposures f/7.1 - 3 x 5 minute exposures I had an opportunity to process the photographs I shot of 17P/Holmes Sunday night (Nov. 18/19). I had shot 5 minute, 7 minute and 10 minute exposures at both f/7.1 and f/11. The f/11 shots produced tighter...

17P / Holmes - November 19, 2007

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My Comet Holmes sleep deficit has been hard to overcome. I'm a little bummed that I haven't been able to keep sketching its progress over the last week or so as it's grown larger than the sun. I've really wanted to get some photographs of it now that it's...

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If you checked the site in the last 24 hours and ran across a 'published material' entry on the main page--that was an accident. Sorry for the train-wreck that you had to see :) (I'm hacking a resource page together, and inadvertently lobbed it to the wrong spot.) I FINALLY...

Dark Sky Observing - NOV 10, 2007

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After months without a dark sky visit, I finally made a trip outside city limits Saturday night. I was hoping to take some tracked, long exposure photos of 17P/Holmes as it nears Melotte 20. The experience reminded me how awesome the Milky Way under a true dark sky can be....

17P / Holmes - NOV 7, 2007

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Move mouse over sketch above to view labels. Click image for larger version. Move mouse over sketch above to view labels. Click image for larger version. Observation Notes: As the comet has gotten larger, the outer envelope has become much less distinct. It shows up as a faint brightening...

17P / Holmes - NOV 3, 2007

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Move mouse over sketch above to view labels. Click image for larger version. Move mouse over sketch above to view labels. Click image for larger version. Move mouse over sketch above to view labels. Click image for larger version. Observation Notes: After another two day hiatus, I enjoyed some...

17P / Holmes - OCT 31, 2007

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Move mouse over sketch above to view labels. Click image for larger version. Move mouse over sketch above to view labels. Click image for larger version. Observation Notes: After a couple days off from observing the comet, I was treated to more stunning views. The moon was out of...

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