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Contains:  Lagoon Nebula, M 8, NGC 6523, NGC 6526, NGC 6727, NGC 6774, Part of the constellation Sagittarius (Sgr), Part of the constellation Scorpius (Sco), Sargas (θSco), The constellation Corona Austrina (CrA), The star Ascella (ζSgr), The star Girtab, The star Kaus Australis (εSgr), The star Kaus Borealis (λSgr), The star Lesath (υSco), The star Media (δSgr), The star Nunki (σSgr), The star Shaula (λSco), The star κSco, The star πSgr
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Found it! Halley´s Comet 1986, 


Found it! Halley´s Comet 1986
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Found it! Halley´s Comet 1986

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses:Minolta 50 mm f/2

Imaging cameras:Minolta SRT 100X

Mounts:Vixen Polaris

Guiding telescopes or lenses:Bresser / Vixen Polaris R 100-L

Accessory:Vixen GA-2Vixen MD-5

Dates:March 20, 1986

Frames: 1x420" bin 0x0

Integration: 0.1 hours

Avg. Moon age: 9.04 days

Avg. Moon phase: 67.23%

Basic astrometry details job: 3308446

RA center: 18h 43' 24"

DEC center: -31° 54' 14"

Pixel scale: 59.002 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 114.811 degrees

Field radius: 20.683 degrees

Resolution: 1400x2100

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,