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JIMZ7
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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: Dennis_S253]
      #5746452 - 03/20/13 10:19 PM

I saw Halley in 1985 when I was 38 years old. It comes around every 70 years I guess. I still kept the Halley Comet book which is sprial bound & its beautiful map. My oldest son was born a month after I saw the comet in November of 1985. I hope he keeps the book/map. Maybe it will be worth some $$$ the next time it comes around.

Jim


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kansas skies
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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: JIMZ7]
      #5746497 - 03/20/13 10:37 PM

I followed the comet's last visit from start to finish and loved every minute of it. I'll only be 101 next go around, so I should probably start making plans now...

Bill


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bumm
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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: JIMZ7]
      #5746507 - 03/20/13 10:41 PM

I'd be 111. I don't think I'd probably enjoy being 111, so I intend to view it vicariously through my daughter, who will be 81. I made a big deal out of it for a long time when I showed it to her when she turned five, to make sure she'd remember.
Marty


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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: bumm]
      #5746822 - 03/21/13 02:26 AM

Well, I'll be 102, if I live that long. But, I did see the last one. Here is a shot I took in early December 1985 with my 10" Cave at ISO 1200 (Seattle Film Works movie film) for 10 minutes. If I recall it was about magnitude 9.5 at the time.



Some fun that was. That was taken from Tulsa, Ok. and poorly guided with a 2.4" guidescope at 120x. Photo was at prime focus.


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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: Astrodj]
      #5746833 - 03/21/13 02:44 AM

I'll be "39" again the next time it comes around. (I'm not admitting just how many times I will have been 39 between now and then though...)

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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: stkoepke]
      #5747496 - 03/21/13 12:25 PM

My favourite, although very sad, story of the last appearance of Halley's was that of an elderly lady who was interviewed on her memories of the previous appearance in 1910. It went something like this; "Dad gathered all us kids together to go and see the mighty comet in the middle of the night. We bundled up and he took us to a nearby park where we had a clear view of the sky. Not sure where to look, we all looked at a different area of the sky. Suddenly my sister saw it and we all marveled as it streaked across the sky. It was a night I will never forget"
I was pleased that the reporter chose not to tell the old lady what she actually saw, or more likely, had no idea herself!


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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: brentwood]
      #5748160 - 03/21/13 05:51 PM

I'll be a limber 104! I just gotta make it since the last time it came around was such a bummer! I did get one great look at it through a wonder 12.5" f/10 Newtonian. I've also got one picture of it taken on a 4"x5" plate taken with a homebuilt camera.

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bumm
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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: brentwood]
      #5748491 - 03/21/13 08:48 PM

Quote:

My favourite, although very sad, story of the last appearance of Halley's was that of an elderly lady who was interviewed on her memories of the previous appearance in 1910. It went something like this; "Dad gathered all us kids together to go and see the mighty comet in the middle of the night. We bundled up and he took us to a nearby park where we had a clear view of the sky. Not sure where to look, we all looked at a different area of the sky. Suddenly my sister saw it and we all marveled as it streaked across the sky. It was a night I will never forget"
I was pleased that the reporter chose not to tell the old lady what she actually saw, or more likely, had no idea herself!




Quite a few people who THOUGHT they saw Halley's Comet in 1910 also actually saw the brighter "Daylight Comet" that also appeared that year.
Marty


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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: bumm]
      #5749454 - 03/22/13 10:58 AM

Scanned my old Kodak VR1000 slides of Halley's Comet a few years ago. The same Seattle Film Works company mentioned in a previous post used to give you slides and negatives from your print film. Posted them on my hiking (!) blog, here.

The first two shots with the Milky Way rising one early spring morning, taken with a 50mm f1.4 lens, with about a 45 second exposure. That would have been in March or April 1986. The other shot was either a 135mm or 200mm telephoto at f4, probably a few minutes, on an equatorial mount, probably in the summer of 1986. I didn't keep notes on my pictures.

Edited by Zebra24601 (03/22/13 11:03 AM)


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Taylor
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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: Dennis_S253]
      #5750927 - 03/22/13 11:21 PM

I'll have just hit 77 years young when Halley comes back.
My Mom's side has some long lived genes, my Dad's side has some who have died young due to poor lifestyles and bad diets. Hopefully I can kick that habit and see Halley!
I was only 2 when it came around last time.


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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: Taylor]
      #5750976 - 03/23/13 12:01 AM

sweet. thanks for sharing zebra

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Zebra24601
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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: buddyjesus]
      #5755319 - 03/25/13 12:43 AM

You're welcome! Glad you liked 'em.

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hm insulators
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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: Zebra24601]
      #5758000 - 03/26/13 11:30 AM

Depending on what month Halley's Comet shows up in 2061, I'll be 99 or 100, but probably "pushing up daisies" by then.

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Jerry-rigged
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Re: Next Halley apparition [Re: hm insulators]
      #5760349 - 03/27/13 01:42 PM

Hummm... I'll be upper 80's, if I can make it. Trying to take care of my self now, so I can.

I remember the last Halley's visit - I was in Boy Scouts, we took a week long camp out in south/central Texas (El Rancho Simo). One night some one had 3-4 scopes set up on the tallest hill in the camp - "Boot Hill", including the biggest scope I had ever seen, a 8" or 10" "funny looking" SCT - I had never seen one before. The 11 year old boy that I was was impressed, both by the scope, and the comet.


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