Comet Hunting Techniques

Vello Tabur

Last Updated -- 12 Dec 2009


Research Interests

Professional papers
Optimistic Pattern Matching


DSLR Astrophotography

eta Carinae, 30 Dec 2009, 45 min (9 x 5 min), ISO 400, full-moon
M42, 5 Jan 2010, 90 min, (18 x 5 min), ISO 400
M42, 8 Jan 2010, 60 min, (12 x 5 min), ISO 1600


Techniques

This page describes the equipment and methodology I use to search for new comets. With some modest equipment, a little luck and a lot of patience, anyone can be the first to recognize a new comet!

Visual comet hunting
CCD based comet hunting


Discoveries

These pages give accounts of my discoveries so far, together with some images and orbital elements.

C/1996 Q1 (Tabur)
C/1997 N1 (Tabur)
Nova Sagittarii 2002 #4 (V4744 Sgr)
Nova Crucis 2003 (DZ Cru)
C/2003 T3 (Tabur)

200 new Variable Stars (more to be documented soon)


Light Curves

Known Variables


Images - The Ones That Got Away

These pages show some images of comets that I didn't discover, but managed to photograph.

C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp)
C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake)
C/2000 WM1 (LINEAR)
C/2001 A2 (LINEAR)
C/2001 Q4 (NEAT)
C/2002 T7 (LINEAR)
C/2003 T4 (LINEAR) - 2005 Apr 18.77, 2x2 deg, N at top, 180mm telephoto + ST8XE
C/2004 H6 (SWAN) - 2004 May 27.82, 3x1.5 deg, N at right, 140mm telephoto + ST8XE
C/2004 Q2 (Machholz)
C/2005 A1 (LINEAR) - 2005 Mar 11.46, 2x2 deg, N at left, 188mm telephoto + ST8XE
C/2006 P1 (McNaught)

Comets before 1990
55P (Tempel-Tuttle) Debris - Leonids 2001


Links

There are many comet related resources on the Net. Here are some of my favourites.

IAU Headlines Page         Latest comet discoveries
Comet Home Page           Images & Magnitude Estimates
STScI Digitized Sky Survey To view POSS plates online
Bill Bradfield's Page         Advice from the expert
Crni Vrh Observatory      Beautiful Images


Comments

I welcome comments and correspondence.

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