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  Summary: After a 13.6-year absence, Comet 8P/Tuttle is once again traveling through the inner solar system. At closest approach to Earth on Jan. 1st and 2nd, 2008, the comet will brighten to 5th or 6th magnitude, barely visible to the naked eye but a fine target for backyard telescopes and digital cameras. [sky map] [ephemeris] [orbit]
  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Michael Jäger,
Weißenkirchen, Wachau, Österreich
Dec. 30, 2007
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Astrograph 4,5"/f-2.8, CCD Sigma 6303 dec 30 UT 22.30 L3x110 sec RGB 65:65:75 sec

Kieran Rooney,
Co. Down, Northern Ireland
Dec. 30, 2007

Imaged with a TMB 80mm refractor and SXV H16 ccd. A total of 20x1 minute images were combined in photoshop. Image was taken at around 7pm local time from Co. Down, Northern Ireland

Associazione Astronomica Cortina,
Cortina d'Ampezzo (Italy)
Dec. 30, 2007
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Comet 8P/Tuttle-M33 galaxy encounter.

Photo details: Canon 350D and 200 mm lens f/2,8 (exp. 4x60") at 18:45 u.t.

Richard Jakiel,
WiseGuy Observatory, Douglasville, GA, USA
Dec. 30, 2007

Both objects were easily visible visually with both my 80mm and 12" SCT.

Photo details: 80mm f/6 Meade APO, DSI Pro II CCD and a 0.5x focal reducer. A total of 10 x 45 second exposures were used.

Michael Borman,
Evansville, Indiana, USA
Dec. 30, 2007
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It was neat to compare tiny comet 8P/Tuttle with M33 and comet 17P/Holmes. This is a composite of two images taken with the same equipment - a Canon 20Da DSLR and Tamron 18-250mm zoom lens set at 250mm. Five 1 minute exposures at ISO 1600 were combined to make each image.

Gerald DeShirlia,
I photographed comet Tuttle from my drive way. Wimberley, Texas.
Dec. 30, 2007
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The emerald-colored comet was a fantastic late christmas gift for me. Even being sick I did not want to pass up M33 and Comet 8P/Tuttle.

Photo details: Canon 20Da, 800-ISO @ 119 sec. exp., AP-1200GTO mount unguided, Tak E180ED F/2.8 Hyperbolic Astrograph,

Doug Zubenel,
Linn Co., Kansas, USA.
Dec. 30, 2007

Tonight I beat the clouds, and was able to get the shot I have been dreaming of for months!

Photo details: Canon Rebel XTi, 300mm Nikkor lens @ f/5.6, 2 minute exposure at ISO 1600.

Matthias Haenel,
The image was taken in Tenerife, Canary Islands.
Dec. 30, 2007
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The comet is so fast, that you can see his path before galaxy M 33.

Photo details: CANON 300D mod., a MTO Teleobjektiv 300mm, 800 ASA and 4x300sec.

Günther Strauch,
Borken, NRW, Germany
Dec. 31, 2007
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At eight a clock a first picture of the comet and M33 was possible, but then, clouds, clouds and clouds. I spent some hours outside and after 4 hours the sky clear of. And it was possible to saw the conjunction between the green comet Tuttle and the Triangle Galaxie M33. This was a perfect year end 2007!

Photo details: Canon EOS 20D, 135 mm tele lens, 800 ASA, 120 secondes (picture at 30.01.2007) Canon EOS 20D, 80/600 refractor, 1600 ASA, 150 secondes (picture at 31.01.2007)

Pete Lawrence,
Selsey, West Sussex, UK
Dec. 30, 2007

Cloud thwarted most UK imagers on the night of 30/31 December 2007. However, I was lucky enough to get one reasonable shot of the comet on this night through a 14" telescope. Using this image and scaling/rotating it to align with a shot of M33 taken earlier in the year I was able to produce this composite image. Further details are available on the image.

Xiang Zhan,
Dachengzi, Miyun, Beijing, China
Dec. 30, 2007
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What an amazing envent! The comet 8P/Tuttle coming nearby the spiral galaxy M33. In the night of Dec 30 I went to the countryside of Beijing with Jin Zhu to observe the envent. I used Takahashi FSQ106 telescope and EM200 mount and Canon 30D DSLR, took 6 photoes every 5 minutes, and every photo's details were ISO 1600, 2 minutes exposure. Then I composed these photoes into a gif movie. This movie shows how the comet going to the galaxy.

more images (Dec. 30): from Philip Harrington of Miller Place, NY; from Masa Nakamura of Otawara, Tochigi, Japan; from Jan Qvam of Horten Natursenter, Norway; from George Lilley of Warner Robins GA; from Ajay Talwar of Nuh, Haryana, India; from Tavi Greiner of Ocean Isle Beach, NC;