Comet Linear (c/1999 S4)
RA: Underneath Ursa Majro
DEC: the same
Scope/lens: 200mm f/4 reflector
Mount: GM 11
Film: Fuji Color 800
Exposure: 5 minutes, unguided
Location: Camino Cielo Road, Santa Barbara County, CA
Date: July 22, 2000
July 22nd was tauted as the peak brightness for Comet LINEAR. However, as is the case along the Central Coast of California, haze, rain, or a marine layer will always get in the way.
This night was no exception. A forest fire in the northern part of the county contributed a haze layer which never did clear up.
LINEAR is a fast moving comet. The image above is an unguided exposure. You can see how much the comet moved in five minutes. The image below was guided on the comet's head; an unsuccesful attempt, though.
Compared to Hale-Bopp this comet was "truckin!"
Unsuccesful attempt to guide on the comet with a ST-4 autoguider. Five minute exposure using Fuji Color 800 film