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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

Mike Holloway,
Van Buren, Arkansas
Dec. 21, 2007

This comet is making a decent pass by earth. Moving fast, it is a green area that hopefully wil grow a tail soon. FYI it will pass over or really close to M33 on Dec 30/31.

Ledoux Philippe,
Toussaint, Normandy, France
Dec. 15, 2007
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I put on the same picture both of those two comets that i saw saturday december 15th : 8 P Tuttle and 17 P Holmes 13 x 30 sec exposure at 800 ISO with a Canon 350 D and a Takahashi-FS 60 refractor

Frank Freestar8n,
Hudson Valley, NY
Dec. 12, 2007
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I finally had some clear skies to image this comet, which was a nice change from Holmes. This is a stack of 25 2m exposures with a C11 at f/10 and SXVF-H9c camera. Guided with compensation for the comet motion, which helped show a hint of a tail at the lower left (south east). North is up and east is left, and the field is approximately 8 arc-min wide.

Pete Lawrence,
Selsey, West Sussex, UK
Dec. 10, 2007

Here are two images of two very different comets combined at the same scale to illustrate just how massive Comet Holmes now looks compared to another periodic comet, 8P/Tuttle, which is set to brighten as we pass into January 2008.

Terry Evans,
West Somerset, UK
Dec. 10, 2007
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Comet 8P Tuttle is starting to brighten and may get to naked eye visibility in January. Currently though, it's not even visible in my 15*50 binoculars. Nice sharp nucleus but it's hardly Comet Holmes (yet!) 20 minutes, TEC140 refractor, Paramount ME mount, SXV-H9 camera

Chris Schur,
Payson, Az
Dec. 2, 2007
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Comet TUTTLE is now a beautiful object in the northern sky, just above Polaris about 10 degrees. This deep image reveals a stunning green coloration, and a bright stellar nucleus. The tail is still a circular nebulosity around the comet, but this will change soon Im sure. 1.5 hour exposure, ST10xme CCD, 12.5" f/5 newtonian,

Roman Piffl,
Marianka, Slovakia
Dec. 6, 2007

Comet Tuttle is still brightenning and more condensate. Coma has around 9’, central condensation is about 12 mag and total magnitude about 9,5 mag. Photo details: Scopos ED 66/400, CCD camera astropix 4.0, bin 2x2, exposure 60x20 seconds

Martin Mc Kenna,
Maghera, Co. Derry, N. Ireland
Dec. 6, 2007
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Hi Tony Something a little different. Here is a sketch of comet Tuttle I made late last night using my 8.5" reflector. I estimated the ghostly glow at magnitude + 9.0 and seen it in 10x50 binoculars. Won't be long until we see it with the naked eye as it soars closer to both the Earth and Sun.

more images (Dec. 22): from Jari Ylioja of Haapavesi, Finland;

more images (Dec. 17): from Jan K.Qvam of Horten Natursenter, Norway

more images (Dec. 13): from Vince Tuboly of Hegyhat Observatory, Hegyhatsal, Hungary

more images (Dec. 8-9): from George Varros of Mount Airy, Maryland; from Vincent JACQUES of Breil-sur-Roya, SE of France