Comet Austin: April 1990

Like so many comets, Comet Austin failed to live up to expectations. What was supposed to be a first magnitude comet turned out to be the 1990 version of Comet Kohoutek. I was going to be deployed to the Mediteranean sea on board Providence. Prior to deployment, on April 21, I managed to record this image with a 200mm lens and Kodak Ektapress 1600 film. The comet was in the same field as M31. Sky conditions were poor and the magnitude of the comet was about magnitude 4 with a short tail. For every Comet West or Hale-Bopp, there are three or four comet Austins.


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