Comet Holmes

Comet Holmes was an unusual looking comet, with its huge coma making it look almost jellyfish like. Although I only had my Nikon D70 and a static tripod back in 2007, the comet was bright enough (and big enough!) to take some single photographs as it passed overhead during November.

The comet went through the most massive outburst yet seen, as it brightened five-hundred-thousand fold. It expanded so much as a result that it eventually became even larger in diameter than the Sun!

Comet Holmes is a periodic comet which is due to return in early 2021. Whether it will be as spectacular as it became in 2007, we’ll just have to wait and find out.

Details: Nikon D70Nikkor 50mm/f1.8 at f2. Single 15 second exposure at iso 400.

Comet McNaught – C/2006 P1

Comet McNaught 2007

Images taken on the afternoon of the 10th of January 2007 at around 4.30pm, half an hour after sunset, with the comet at a magnitude of -2.2.

Comet McNaught went on to become a stunning comet which lit up the skies of the southern hemisphere. Becoming one of the greatest comets of recent times.. And the brightest in over 40 years!

Details: Nikon D70Nikkor 50mm/f1.8 at f1.8. Single 2 second exposures at iso 200.

Comet McNaught