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Comet Sketches

In this section of nightskyhunter I would like to share a selection of comet sketches which I have made over the years of past comets, and the comets currently visible tonight. Each sketch was made while at the eyepiece of my various telescopes, binoculars, and even with the naked eye. As you can see from my own sketches you do not need to be an artist as long as you record accurately what you see. Sketching any astronomical object is an absolutely superb way of enhancing your observing skills. Sketching teaches you to look like you have never looked before, often revealing delicate features caught during fleeting moments of good seeing. Try it for yourself!

Click on thumbnail or number to view full size image. (Identification guide below)

Comet 1
Comet 2
Comet 3 Comet 4 Comet 5
Comet 6
Comet 7

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2

3

4

5

6

7

Comet 8 Comet 9 Comets 10 Comets 11
Comets 12
Comets 13
Comet 14

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9

10

11

12

13

14

Comet 15
Comet 16
Comet 17
Comet 18
Comet 19
Comet 20
Comet 21

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16

17

18

19

20

21

Comet 22
Comet 23
Comet 24-24
Comet 25
Comet 26
Comet 27 Comet 28

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23

24

25

26

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28

Comet 29
Comet 30 Comet 31 Comet 32
Comet 33
Comet 34
Comet 35

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30

31

32

33

34

35

Comet 36 Comet 37
Comet 38
comet 39
comet 40
Comet 41
Comet 42

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37

38

39

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41

42

comet 43 comet 44 comet 45 comet 46 comet 47
comets 48
Comet 49

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44

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46

47

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49

comet 50
Comet-51
F1 LONEOS
C/2007 F1 LONEOS
F1 LONEOS
C/2007 F1 LONEOS
C/2007 F1 LONEOS

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51

52

53

54

55

56

C/2007 f1 LONEOS
C/2007 F1 LONEOS
C/2007 F1 LONEOS
C/2007 F1 LONEOS
17P/ Holmes
17P/ Holmes Mega Coma!
17P/ Holmes Mega Coma

57

58

59

60

61

62

63

17P/ Holmes
17P/ Holmes
8P/Tuttle
8P/Tuttle
8P/Tuttle
17P/ Holmes
46P/Wirtanen

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67

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69

70

C/2006 W3 Christensen
C/2006 OF2 Broughtan
C/2007 N3 Lulin
C/2007 N3 Lulin Sketch
C/2007 N3 Lulin Sketch
C/2007 N3 Lulin & Log Book
C/2010 V1 Ikeya-Murakami

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77

Comet Sketch Quick Identification Guide

COMET DESIGNATION

SKETCH NO.

C/2006 M4 SWAN
1, 2, 3, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42
C/2002 C1 IKEYA - ZHANG
4, 14,15, 16, 17, 19,
Comet C/1999 S4 LINEAR
5, 34
C/2004 Q2 MACHHOLZ
6, 9, 25, 26,
C/2004 F4 BRADFIELD
7, 20, 21, 22
C/2006 A1 POJMANSKI
8
73P/SCHWASSMANN WACHMANN 3
10, 11
C/2002 V1 NEAT
12
C/2001 OG 108 LONEOS
13
C/2001 A2 LINEAR
18, 29, 30
C/2001 Q4 NEAT
23, 24
C/2005 P3 SWAN
27
C/2003 T4 LINEAR
28
9P/ TEMPEL 1
31
C/1999 T1 Mc NAUGHT - HARTLEY
32, 33
C/2002 T7 LINEAR
35, 36
2P/ ENCKE 37
C/2006 P1 MC NAUGHT (GREAT COMET) 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48
C/2007 E2 LOVEJOY 49
C/2007E1 GARRADD 50
C/2007 VZ13 LINEAR 51
C/2007 F1 LONEOS 52, 53 , 54 , 55 , 56 , 57 , 58 , 59 , 60
17P/ Holmes 61, 62, 63 , 64 , 65 , 69,
8P/ Tuttle 66, 67, 68,
46P/ Wirtanen 70
C/2006 W3 Christensen 71
C/2006 OF2 Broughtan 72
C/2007 N3 Lulin 73, 74, 75, 76
C/2010 V1 Ikeya-Murakami 77

Sketching is something which has always been with me since I began observing over a decade ago, over the years I have compiled so many sketches that they could fill multiple photo books or journals. During this time I got in the habit of sketching everything I observed as I did not have access to any advanced cameras, so in order to have some kind of visual record in my log books I decided to document everything with pencil/pen complimented by written word. This is something I highly recommend other observers to begin with as it provides one with the opportunity to go over past observations that convey astronomical and meteorological subjects in the manner in which the human eye-brain combination seen them. These penciled recordings are of immense sentimental value to me, not because of the quality, but because of the vivid memories which they invoke. When I first began my log book in 1997 I sketched everything from sunspots, conjunctions, galaxies, and even haloes and sundogs around the Sun. Now I sketch any new objects I find in the night sky and record the daylight phenomena with my digital camera. I do make it a priority to sketch all the comets which have entered my eyepiece as comets are my most cherished objects in the sky.

I always carry a small notepad and pen in my observing jacket. At the eyepiece I record quickly but accurately the general appearance of the comet with the background stars plotted then I make swift notes to document the time, compass point in the sky, comet magnitude, D.C, dia, colour, tails, movement etc. The following day, or later on the same night I sketch a more polished version of the comet on to a sheet of white paper before sticking it into my log book. I then simply take a digital photo of the comet sketch and invert the image to make the scene more realistic. Since some of these sketches are old the quality has degraded somewhat but I wanted to share them anyway. More comets both bright and faint will be added to this section regularly. I hope you will be tempted to start your own sketches - its worth it! Good luck, improve your observing skills, and enjoy yourself.

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