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#1 tocster

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Posted 24 February 2021 - 06:24 AM

Here is an image I took of Halleys comet back in 1986 when I was about 14 or 15.  Details are sketchy, but I think it would have been a Pentax ME Super and a Tamron 80-210 zoom at 210mm.

 

 

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Posted 24 February 2021 - 06:31 AM

Really nice. bow.gif  

 

They say that AP is a very hard thing to do, but it's quite simple now as compared to how hard it was to do "back in the day".

 

Thanks for sharing this "old time" image. waytogo.gif

 

 

Miguel   8-)

 

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Posted 24 February 2021 - 07:55 AM

Just 40 more years...


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Posted 24 February 2021 - 07:57 AM

Just 40 more years...

Blimey we're nearly half way!


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Posted 24 February 2021 - 08:43 AM

Excellent! And we see notably few captures of Comet Halley here in the CN Archives. Here are a couple of others. Might want to also post your image there? >>>

 

https://www.cloudyni...-amazing-photo/

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Posted 24 February 2021 - 09:01 AM

Just 40 more years...

Note to self... just keep breathing, just keep breathing. lol.gif

 

 

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Posted 24 February 2021 - 04:05 PM

Heh - thanks for the kind words - at the time it seemed everyone was bitterly disappointed with how bright it was, but out in the black skies of country Australia it was pretty cool.



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Posted 24 February 2021 - 09:18 PM

I think it was mostly people in USA and NH that were in hopes of better alignment.

From the orbital elements it was clear that the SH would get the best view.

Many in our local club went to the SH to see it.



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Posted 25 February 2021 - 04:12 AM

I really should have been working, but ....

 

I plate solved your image, overlaid it on a chart and adjusted the date/time until Halley was in the (almost) right place. 

 

Assuming that your image is uncropped from the 35mm film, it's 18 x 15 degrees, making it a 110mm focal length.

The centre of the frame is 15h 38m 05s, -46 57 47. The coordinates are J2000 and I just used my location of New Zealand, so it's not spot on.

That puts the comet between Lupus and Norma and it would have been there at midnight March 31, 1986 NZST (midday March 31, UT).

 

Halley Chart.gif

 

I took a couple of photos of Halley with a Canon A1 & 70-210mm. That was piggy backed on a 4" Newt on an EQ1 with me winding the RA knob to manually track with my homemade reticle eyepiece and me in a very uncomfortable position. I did a couple of 2 minute test shots and then went for the big one. I had been going for 20 minutes when a Police car spotlit me to see what I was doing. That was the last chance I got. Somewhere I have my two minute fuzzy blob with wobbly stars, but I know what it is.

 

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Posted 06 March 2021 - 04:49 PM

I really should have been working, but ....

 

I plate solved your image, overlaid it on a chart and adjusted the date/time until Halley was in the (almost) right place. 

 

Assuming that your image is uncropped from the 35mm film, it's 18 x 15 degrees, making it a 110mm focal length.

The centre of the frame is 15h 38m 05s, -46 57 47. The coordinates are J2000 and I just used my location of New Zealand, so it's not spot on.

That puts the comet between Lupus and Norma and it would have been there at midnight March 31, 1986 NZST (midday March 31, UT).

 

attachicon.gifHalley Chart.gif

 

I took a couple of photos of Halley with a Canon A1 & 70-210mm. That was piggy backed on a 4" Newt on an EQ1 with me winding the RA knob to manually track with my homemade reticle eyepiece and me in a very uncomfortable position. I did a couple of 2 minute test shots and then went for the big one. I had been going for 20 minutes when a Police car spotlit me to see what I was doing. That was the last chance I got. Somewhere I have my two minute fuzzy blob with wobbly stars, but I know what it is.

 

Steve.

applause.gif That is so cool!

 

Thanks for spending time on that, and sorry for not noticing your reply until now mad.gif


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Posted 19 March 2021 - 10:05 PM

If I may join the party, here's mine laugh.gif. I was 15. Sadly don't remember the specs of the film nor duration.

 

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Posted 12 April 2021 - 05:13 PM

Those images of Halley bring back SWEET memories bow.gif  



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Posted 12 April 2021 - 05:14 PM

I have some slide images laying around from that era. If I only knew where confused1.gif



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Posted 12 April 2021 - 05:15 PM

And yes, I was 21 then, enjoying the universe including Halley through my stunningly well figured 76/910 Japanese achromat gramps.gif


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Posted 15 April 2021 - 09:59 AM

And yes, I was 21 then, enjoying the universe including Halley through my stunningly well figured 76/910 Japanese achromat gramps.gif

I had a red Tasco 60mm refractor in an Alt-Az mount - had an odd flip mirror finderscope...Im sure a collector would know the exact model :)


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Posted 15 April 2021 - 11:20 AM

They say that AP is a very hard thing to do, but it's quite simple now as compared to how hard it was to do "back in the day".


I never did film imaging except for eclipses but I've said that technology has taken it from the realm of nearly impossibly to the merely very hard. smile.gif

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Posted 17 April 2021 - 11:40 AM

I looked into my box with large prints and found a few that I took in March 1986 from Namibia, farm (now astrofarm) Tivoli. Our group was supposed to be the first amateur astronomers who went there for astrophotography.

I could not find the exact time and date of the photo right now, but will have to check my notes. P/Halley was a bit disappointing because it was not as bright as predicted and, more than that, it stood just in front of the bright Milky Way around that time.

 

Instruments and film were:

 

Telescope / camera: Celestron 8" Schmidt Camera, f/1.5, f = 300 mm

Guiding camera: Celestron 90, manually guided on the comet (of course)

Mount: Vixen Saturn

Film: Kodak TP 2415, hypered on-site

Exposure time: supposingly 10 min, but will have to check.

 

 

Halley 03_1986_kl.jpg

 

Clear Skies

 

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