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Contains:  M 8, Lagoon nebula, Hourglass nebula, NGC 6523, NGC 6526, M 7, NGC 6475, NGC 6383, NGC 6357, The star πSgr, The star Kaus Borealis (λSgr), The star Media (δSgr), The star Ascella (ζSgr), The star Lesath (υSco), The star κSco, The star Nunki (σSgr), The star Kaus Australis (εSgr), Sargas (θSco), The star Girtab, The star Shaula (λSco), Part of the constellation Scorpius (Sco), Part of the constellation Sagittarius (Sgr), The constellation Corona Austrina (CrA)
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Found it! Halley´s Comet 1986, 


Found it! Halley´s Comet 1986

Found it! Halley´s Comet 1986

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens:Minolta 50 mm f/2

Imaging camera:Minolta SRT 100X

Mount:Vixen Polaris

Guiding telescope or lens:Bresser / Vixen Polaris R 100-L

Accessories:Vixen GA-2Vixen MD-5

Resolution: 1400x2100

Dates:March 20, 1986

Frames: 1x420"

Integration: 0.1 hours

Avg. Moon age: 9.04 days

Avg. Moon phase: 67.23% job: 2424350

RA center: 280.852 degrees

DEC center: -31.904 degrees

Pixel scale: 59.002 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 114.811 degrees

Field radius: 20.683 degrees

Locations: Riverclub, Johannesburg, South Africa

Data source: Backyard


I knew I had it somewhere... Found it and scanned it.

This is Halley´s Comet around the 20th March 1986 from Johannesburg, South Africa. Back then I took my first tracked shots with a new equatorial mount, camera piggy back on a 100/1000 newton. Wasn´t able to take b/w shots of DSOs with longer focal lengths and develop them myself yet so I usually used slide films at shorter focal lengths as labs weren´t able to develop astropictures on normal film, they never got the positives right. Halley´s comet was _the_ astroevent of 1986 but only in the southern hemisphere, sits at DEC -28° here (the cluster in the Milky Way at the top is M7, to the left the Lagoon Nebula is visible). It got brighter in April 1986 but the angle of view had changed to head-on so no tail was visible anymore.

Photo was taken with a 50 mm lens f/2 probably around 7 min. exposuretime on 35mm Fujichrome 400 film. I was 13 back then and sometimes wonder whether I´ll see Halley´s Comet twice in my life...



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Found it! Halley´s Comet 1986,