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    Quote Originally Posted by jpkotze View Post
    I took these photos last night. The comet has been spectacular!
    Paul, I hope you don't mind but I have taken one of your fantastic photos and altered the brightness and contrast a bit with Microsoft Picture-It. Then I removed the high frequency noise with Noiseware.
    The fanning tail now shows up very nicely.
    Thank you for posting these amazing images.

    Phil
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    My Wife and I Saw The McNaught Comet Tonight

    ....and it made me wax prose-poetic:
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    DISCOVERIES OF THREE EPOCHS

    Part 1:

    One way to visualize the relative sizes in the solar system is to imagine a model in which it is reduced in size by a factor of a billion. Then the Earth is about 1.3 cm in diameter(the size of a grape). The Moon orbits a foot away. The Sun is 1.5 meters in diameter(the size of a man) and 150 meters from the Earth.(a city block) Jupiter is 15 cm in diameter(grapefruit) and 5 blocks away from the Sun. Saturn(an orange) is 10 blocks away; Uranus and Neptune(lemons) are 20 and 30 blocks away. A human being on this scale is the size of an atom; the nearest star is 9000 km away -Obtained from Internet, 02/03/96.

    On 4 October 1957 Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite was safely in orbit, circulating the Earth every 96 minutes. Five Orbiter spacecraft mapped the moon between August 1966 and December 1967. I finished my education, got married and pioneered to the Canadian Arctic that year. On 20 July 1969 the first man walked on the moon. Two years and two months later my wife and I left Canada for Australia. Sitting in our lounge room in Whyalla South Australia in the evening, felt like being on the moon.-Ron Price, 4 February 1996, Noon.

    Part 2:

    Wilder than your wildest imagination,
    simply the most incredible reality
    in existence: existence, the universe
    in all its labyrinthian complexity.

    Wilder than your wildest imagination,
    simply the most incredible reality
    in existence: one’s own life, its days,
    its years in their labyrinthian complexity.

    1957 to 1997: forty years on
    in the great journey into space
    with missions to the furthest reaches
    of the solar system: Pioneers10 and 11.
    Astronomy taking off at last.

    Voyagers taking us to Jupiter,
    Uranus and Neptune.
    Light has gone around
    the planet and we have gone
    around the solar system.

    The radio galaxy 3C65
    in the constellation of Andromeda
    lies some 8 billion light years
    away, some say, in a universe
    that expands forever,
    dramatically less than a
    second after its birth.

    Just last week astronomers
    discovered 1500 galaxies
    whose light started its journey
    toward Earth five billion years ago.

    There are hurricanes
    three times the size of Earth,
    two-and-a-half billion miles away
    on Jupiter-itself a sea
    of liquid metallic hydrogen,
    home of thousands of mysteries,
    storms and chaos.
    Home of the ten hour day,
    home of four moons.
    A place you could fit in all the planets.
    Collector of comets,
    protector of our planet.

    Pioneering into the solar system,
    into my psycho-spiritual system
    into the global society
    with each on our own trip….

    Ron Price
    4 February 1996
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    And here is a 2nd piece. The last comet my wife and I saw as bright was in 1985 when we lived in Katherine in the NT:
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    DYNAMIC SYNCHRONIZATION

    By the early 1990s the Arc Project was making large holes in the side of Mt. Carmel. During this same period of time, in 1993, the Hubble Spacecraft was fixed in the heavens. As the Arc Project headed to completion in 2000 and 2001, Hubble sent back data that allowed astrophysicists to determine with some accuracy the age of the universe at 12 billion years. Some 40,000 galaxies could be observed in the sky behind a curvature the size of a grain of sand and there was a vast increase in the knowledge of the origins of stars. The Sun and the Moon were also studied during the construction of the Arc Project telling us much more about these heavenly bodies. The Sun's polar regions were investigated during this period. Asteroids and comets were also examined in more detail than ever before. Mars and Saturn also came under the astronomers' microscopes. -Ron Price with thanks to The Internet: Planetary Science Spacecraft, 24 June 2002.

    They1 said we stood on the threshold
    of the last decade
    of the radiant twentieth century.
    The prospects were dazzling:
    little did we know
    we'd be able to go back
    and see our origins
    12 billion years ago.

    Yes, there was an acceleration
    of spiritual forces then
    as May 1992 approached.
    The suddenness, the speeding-up,
    the transformational impact
    on my poetic output,
    the new feelings of delight
    on the dry soil of my heart
    and a certain bewilderment
    which I have been trying
    to understand since those
    winter months when
    it really began,2
    made me slowly realize
    that, at last, I could
    not do everything
    on this long, slippery
    and tortuous path
    as that dynamic synchronization
    at last approached.

    1 The Universal House of Justice, Ridvan Message 1990.
    2 In the winter months of June to August 1992 I wrote 35 poems, the precursors to an immense poetic unfolding of about 600 poems each year for the next ten years: 1992-2002.

    Ron Price
    27 June 2002
    Last edited by RonPrice; 2014-Dec-25 at 03:45 AM. Reason: To update the wording

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    Thank you Ron, for this gripping poetic journey into the past. I was married to Daphne in 1952 and we had the pleasure to experience all the developments in our attempts to conquer space. I will never ever forget the sight seeing sputnik on its journey around earth. It was an unbelievable sensation.

    Have a lovely day and send more of your poems.

    Phil

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    Some really great photos on here. I especially liked frogesque's main one with those blue clouds.

    Here's my best shot from tonight. It was well worth going to the beach for this, made a huge difference on light pollution.

    Quite a a few people were at the beach to see the comet, many with tripods (something I stupidly forgot).

    There was some dim light from streetlights spilling onto the dunes. Could hardly see anything with the naked eye but the light proved to be just bright enough to expose them perfectly over 30 seconds. Made for an interesting photo.


    This was taken from Henley Beach, Adelaide, Australia.
    23-Jan-07, 10:15pm, 350D, 30sec, ISO 400, f3.5
    Small adjustment to the levels were made and I removed noise from the sky.

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    photo

    Very cool shot! At first I thought that you added the horizon in there afterwards, but it really does look that bright? Nice!



    Quote Originally Posted by morlankey View Post
    Some really great photos on here. I especially liked frogesque's main one with those blue clouds.

    Here's my best shot from tonight. It was well worth going to the beach for this, made a huge difference on light pollution.

    Quite a a few people were at the beach to see the comet, many with tripods (something I stupidly forgot).

    There was some dim light from streetlights spilling onto the dunes. Could hardly see anything with the naked eye but the light proved to be just bright enough to expose them perfectly over 30 seconds. Made for an interesting photo.


    This was taken from Henley Beach, Adelaide, Australia.
    23-Jan-07, 10:15pm, 350D, 30sec, ISO 400, f3.5
    Small adjustment to the levels were made and I removed noise from the sky.

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    I love the photograph from Henley Beach morlankey! I might come down there tonight and have a go myself!

    I went up to Mt Lofty summit overlooking Adelaide last night. There were so many people there that I couldn't find a parking space. Here's the best I could do in the circumstances. The glow of Adelaide and the glow of the moon spoiled things a bit.



    Canon 300D, ~45mm, ISO 1600, 9 x 30 seconds.

    clop

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    Here's mine.



    (Pentax K10D, ~30sec, f/4.5, 88mm, ISO 800)

    There are bigger versions on Flickr (user=objecthoags) if anyone is interested.

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    Hey look at that! 100 posts!

    Additional details for the above photograph. Taken on 20th Jan 2007 about 20km west of Toowoomba, Queensland.

    I did a very quick noise cleanup (needs more, I know) otherwise as from the camera. Colour is due to haze on the horizon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clop View Post
    I love the photograph from Henley Beach morlankey! I might come down there tonight and have a go myself!

    I went up to Mt Lofty summit overlooking Adelaide last night. There were so many people there that I couldn't find a parking space. Here's the best I could do in the circumstances. The glow of Adelaide and the glow of the moon spoiled things a bit.



    Canon 300D, ~45mm, ISO 1600, 9 x 30 seconds.

    clop
    Fantastic Image!!! Thanks Clop!!

    Phil

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogB View Post
    Here's mine.



    (Pentax K10D, ~30sec, f/4.5, 88mm, ISO 800)

    There are bigger versions on Flickr (user=objecthoags) if anyone is interested.
    Hi DogB, this is an excellent image.

    Phil

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    Hey Morlankey - clop - and Dog B Great photos from the guys down under. You all have captured this comet very nicely. Great work later

    Paul

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    Thanks Phil, thanks Paul.

    To be perfectly honest the camera didn't do it justice. Truly an amazing sight.

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    Superb images guys, many thanks for sharing. This comet has been beautifull way beyond any expectations.

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    Yep, keep them coming you talented Ausies! Its lovely to see that the comet is giving you such a display. Apart from the fact that we here in the Northern Hemisphere are a little jealous....!

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    Hi, great shots DogB and clop, very nice.

    My photos were actually taken at West Beach in Adelaide (don't know why I said Henley beach before) anyway, here are some more from the same night:

    >>LINK<<

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    Well here is my best McNaught piccie.

    100 steps park in Altona meadows... Still a wonderful thing to see for well over an hour after sunset.

    Olympus E-500 30 sec 5.4
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    Wow, kudos to you all! I really liked your images, frogesque. Keep 'em coming!

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    Those are some really good shots! Unfortunatlye, i missed the comet

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    Belated thanks, Bokmakierie

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonPrice View Post
    ....and it made me wax prose-poetic:
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