17P/Holmes

17P/Holmes - November 28, 2007.

This is comet 17P/Holmes on the evening 11/28/07.  It has been nine days since the image below and the comet is still expanding!


 
 
 
 
 
 


Date(s)

11/19/2007

Exposure Data

RGB = 12:12:12 minutes

Optics and Camera

Takahashi FSQ-106ED
SBIG ST-2000XM w/CFW8A
Tru-Balance LRGB Filters

Processing Tools

CCDStack
Photoshop CS3

17P/Holmes - November 19, 2007.

This is comet 17P/Holmes on the evening 11/19/07.  It continues to expand.  The star Mirfak (Alpha Perseus) can be seen shining through the comet on this night.

This image can also be seen in the 2009 Official Calendar of the Vatican Observatory for the month of October.


 
 
 
 
 
 


Date(s)

11/14/2007

Exposure Data

LRGB = 6:12:12:12 minutes

Optics and Camera

Takahashi FSQ-106ED
SBIG ST-2000XM w/CFW8A
Tru-Balance LRGB Filters

Processing Tools

CCDStack
Photoshop CS3

17P/Holmes - November 14, 2007.

This is comet 17P/Holmes on the evening 11/14/07.  Astronomers estimate that this expanding ball of dust and gas is now the largest object in the solar system!  The faint tail seen in the image below has detached from body of the comet a few days ago and has faded from view.  The bright area towards the upper right is glow from the star Mirfak (Alpha Perseus).


 
 
 
 
 
 


Date(s)

11/02/2007

Exposure Data

LRGB = 12:24:24:24 minutes

Optics and Camera

Takahashi FSQ-106ED
SBIG ST-2000XM w/CFW8A
Tru-Balance LRGB Filters

Processing Tools

CCDStack
Photoshop CS3

17P/Holmes - November 02, 2007.

The image above shows comet 17P/Holmes on the evening 11/02/07.  In addition to the head, a faint tail can be seen exiting toward the top and right.  The comet continues to grow in size though not quite as much as the comparison images below would suggest.  This image was taken with a different camera setup that has roughly 1/2 of the field of view as the images below.  To suggest an idea of the size of the comet on this night, four full moons could easily be placed in this image.


 
 
 
 
 
 


Date(s)

7:58 PM MDT
10/28/2007

Exposure Data

10 & 30 second exposures combined, ISO800

Optics and Camera

Takahashi FSQ-106ED
Nikon D70s

Processing Tools

Photoshop CS3

17P/Holmes - October 28, 2007.

The image above shows comet 17P/Holmes on the evening 10/28/07.  It has grown significantly in size from the 10/24/07 image below.  In addition to the nucleus, background stars can be see shining though the comet.


 
 
 
 
 
 


Date(s)

9:34 PM MDT
10/24/2007

Exposure Data

10 seconds, ISO800

Optics and Camera

Takahashi FSQ-106ED
Nikon D70s

Processing Tools

Photoshop CS3

17P/Holmes - October 24, 2007.

The image above shows comet 17P/Holmes on the evening 10/24/07.  At best it can be described as a bright dot that is somewhat larger than the surrounding stars.


 
 
 
 
 
 


Date(s)

8:35 PM MDT
10/24/2007

Exposure Data

30 seconds, ISO800

Optics and Camera

Nikon D70s
18-70mm F3.5-4.5 G

Processing Tools

Photoshop CS3

Mouseover shows constellation lines and comet location.

The image above shows the location of comet 17P/Holmes on the evening 10/24/07.  During the previous 24 hours the comet had undergone a brightness change that moved it from the realm of large telescopes to naked eye visibility.  Though the comet is bright, no tail is visible.  This makes it hard to distinguish from the stars in the image above.  However if you mouseover the image, constellation lines marking Perseus will appear and 17P/Holmes will be circled.




09/22/2011