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#1 SMigol

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 01:17 AM

I was going through some old negatives and found two images of Comet Hyakutake from 1996.

Here it is with my Pentax K1000 and f2 50 mm lens and Kodak 1600 ISO film.
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And here it is again with a 200 mm Sigma zoom (probably f5) and Kodak Gold 200 film.
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Digitized by using a DSLR and macro lens on a lightbox that was illuminated with a gelled strobe.

#2 Nightfly

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 08:25 PM

Very nice Stephen!

#3 SMigol

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 12:36 AM

Thanks for the encouragement! It was rather surprising how easy it was to bring up the image when not having to worry about (extra) star trailing or hot pixels.

#4 Mike W

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 07:14 PM

Here's a photo of Hyakutake over Yale Observatory, Bethany Ct. March 27th 1996. 3 minutes, 50mm lens@f2, Kodak Gold 400

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#5 Alan French

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 10:09 PM

Very nice, Mike.

Clear skies, Alan

#6 Mike W

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 09:17 PM

Thank you Alan, we just need another comet like that!

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 10:07 PM

Hyakutake from Conkles Hollow Ohio. 28mm lens. Kodak 400 Gold print film. The comet was near Polaris and the tail passed through and beyond the bowl of the Big Dipper. It was an incredible sight to see!

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#8 Mike W

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 07:18 AM

Nice shot! Nice tight stars.:waytogo: Piggy backed?
Mine shot on a barn door tracker by hand

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 12:25 PM

Yes. Piggy backed on a SP mount. Here is one taken with the 135mm lens. The skyglow is from Lancaster Ohio.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 01:02 PM

Thank you for reminding me of my favorite comet.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 04:52 PM

Yes. Piggy backed on a SP mount. Here is one taken with the 135mm lens. The skyglow is from Lancaster Ohio.

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I've got some piggy backed shots as well but they are framed 8x10's and finding the negatives would be tough! Good winter project, go through all my old Astro-Negatives.
Nice shot you took though. I remember when the comet was in that very position! I think other than Hale-Bopp from Arizona that was my favorite comet. :goodjob:

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 06:26 PM

Great shots guys... :bow:

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 06:31 PM

These pictures were made from prints that were scanned on a flat bed scanner back in 1996. I want to get the negatives scanned sometime soon.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 10:35 PM

Really nice shots. That comet is still my favorite and I feel lucky to have been able to have witnessed it under clear skies. I posted a few of my shots in another thread but yours are much better. I will always remember praying that the clouds would not come on the night that it was so near Polaris and we were fortunate indeed. Thanks for sharing these, I think you really captured the comet as it appeared to most of us lucky enough to have seen it.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 11:14 PM

Here's a scan I made from an Ektachrome 400 slide frame. It was taken around Mar.25-27, 1996 from Johnston, RI. It is a Nikon FM slr with a 50mm f/2 lens. exp time 20 secs

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 08:17 PM

Here is my contribution, taken on March 26th, 1996. Used a Canon Ftb with a 50 mm f/2.8 lens and Fuji ASA 1600 print film. It was about a 20 minute exposure. It was a very quiet dark sky site in New Hampshire, around 4AM. The only sound was that of the wind passing through the trees, with the tail stretching far across the sky. It was a very primeval experience.

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