This comet has faded into obscurity but it was a very interesting object in late
1994 and early 1995.
Nick James obtained this
CCD image on
1994 December 3. The tail and anti-tail of this strange-looking
comet are shown well.
6P/d'Arrest. This comet has now faded. Herman Mikuz obtained this early CCD image of the comet on 1995 May 30. As the comet brightened he obtained a better image on 1995 August 6 at 0000UT. This image is a 300s exposure with a 20cm, f/2 Baker-Schmidt camera and ST-6 CCD. The field size is 74 x 56 and N is at the top. Crni Vrh Observatory, Slovenia.
C/1995Q1 (Bradfield). TA e-circular E985 announced Bradfield's seventeenth comet. It is now fading after putting on a good show in the morning sky. Martin Mobberley captured this image of the comet on 1995 September 28. It is an 80s exposure starting at 0433UT using his 0.49m, f/4.5 Newtonian. S is up in this 10 x 6 arcmin field. A thin tail is visible.
C/1995S1 (122P/de Vico). This comet, discovered by three Japanese observers, has now faded. At discovery the magnitude was 7.0 but the comet became quite spectacular with a very complex tail structure. Calculations by Dan Green of CBAT show that this is comet P/1846 D1 (de Vico).
On 1995 September 28 Denis Buczynski obtained this 90s exposure at 04:00 using a 0.25m Celestron Comet Catcher and Starlight Express CCD. NE is up, NW to the right in this 45x30 arcmin frame. At almost the same time on 1995 September 28 Martin Mobberley obtained a larger scale 80s exposure starting at 04:04 using a 0.49m Newtonian and a Starlight Express CCD. South is up, East to the right in this 10 x 6 arcmin frame. Multiple tails are visible in both images. On the next day Nick James obtained this image with a 0.30m telescope. The image has been radially enhanced and shows multiple tails eminating from the coma.
The tail had developed further by 1995 October 5 when Denis Buczynski obtained this image at 0430UT using the Celestron Comet Catcher and SX CCD. The field of view is about 45x30 arcmin. He comments that the comet was a spectacular view in binoculars. Martin Mobberley obtained a further large-scale image at 0409, also on the 5th. South is up in this 80s image taken with the 0.49m and an SX CCD. The main tail is orientated in approximately PA 300 degrees.
Despite the interference from Moonlight the comet still shows a fine tail in this 1995 October 11 image by Denis Buczynski taken with the Comet Catcher. This is a 90 second exposure at 0400UT.
By 1995 October 27 the appearence has changed and the tail is narrower. This CCD image is another by Denis Buczynski using the Comet Catcher. This is a 90s exposure at 0549.
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