Jim Scotti's Comet page
The following lists are in pdf format.
244P/2000 Y3 (Scotti) This is the first discovery image of my very
first comet "Scotti" (all the other earlier "discoveries" turned out to
be of known objects....).
Here is a 2nd image (note the shift against the crowded starfield).
Here is a 3rd image.
Images with the Spacewatch telescope and CCD
As a team member with the Spacewatch
survey for Near Earth Asteroids (NEA's) and other populations of solar
system objects, I observe on Kitt
Peak in Arizona typically for 8 nights each lunation. I am able to
use some of my observing time to observe some of the many available comets
within the range of our 36 inch telescope or 1.8-m telescope and CCD camera.
The following images are just some of the comet images I've obtained or
helped obtain over the years
Photographic comet images
Comet Hyakutake over Mission San Xavier del Bac
This image was obtained as the moon set in the west on the night that comet
Hyakutake was closest to the north pole. The yellow cast on the usually
white Mission is due to local lighting.
This painting was made more than a month before comet Hyakutake would have
reached the position on the sky depicted in this painting. I was a bit
optomistic about just how the comet was to appear as it set into the twilight
sky in the west behind Mission San Xavier del Bac near Tucson in Arizona.
Unfortunately, the comet was not quite this spectacular as it sort of "fizzled"
as it moved inside of Earth's orbit.
This painting is of a bright comet in the twilight sky behind a lighthouse
on the ocean shore. In particular the lighthouse is the Heceta Head lighthouse
on the Oregon coast, USA.
For more paintings (including other comet artwork), visit my
Art web page.
Some comet links:
Light curves for Comets (Artyom Novichonok)
International visual observation of Comets
IAU/CBAT/MPC Elements & Ephemerides of Observable Comets
International Comet Quarterly
ICQ: Recent Comet Brightness Estimates
Comet Section of Germany (English versin)
Charles Morris' Comet Home Page at JPL (broken link - this link is to the
Wayback Machine, last version)
Carl Hergenrother's comet page
Carl Hergenrother's Transient Sky blog
Seiichi Yoshida's Comet home page
Seiichi Yoshida's list of Comets Waiting for First Observation
Don Machholz's thecomethunter.com page
The Puckett Observatory comet page
Gary Kronk's Cometography webpage
Comet Orbit Home Page
BAA Comet section (Jon Shanklin)
Arkansas Skies Observatory Page
Comet Section of Germany
The background image is comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 as it appeared
on 1993 March 30, a few days after discovery. This image was obtained
with the Spacewatch telescope and shows all the major structures that
were seen in this comet.
Last update: November 21, 2013