OPT's Comet Corner - Your Guide to Viewing & Imaging Comet ISON 2013
The OPT Comet ISON Photo Contest is on! Don't Forget to Vote Each Day Until 12/31/13!
Don't forget to visit our Facebook page and vote each day for your favorite ISON images!
We have partenered with Spaceweather.com and UniverseToday.com to create the ultimate Comet ISON photo contest! Enter daily for your chance to win one of the amazing prizes our generous donors have given us. We now have more than $10,000 in astronomy gear to giveaway from manufacturers including Third Planet Optics, Celestron, Stellarvue, Baader, Optec, Takahashi, Explore Scientific, Vixen, Meade & more.
Check out the awesome prize packages available. We'll have 10 winners to be announced in January!
You must be 13 years and older to participate. All entries will be displayed in the Facebook online gallery to allow for voting by our Facebook followers.
There are several ways to enter:
Follow us and make your entry on Facebook. Remember all popular voting happens on Facebook as well. Simply "Like" us to get started!
Follow us and make your entry on Twitter. Use #OPTCometContest to make sure your image reaches the contest.
Via Spaceweather.com - When you post an image to Spaceweather.com you'll also be give the chance to enter the contest. If you submit your image through Spaceweather.com that submission will also be posted to our Facebook gallery so that our fans can vote for you!
***Only one image per day, per user is permitted. If we believe that entries are duplicated or invalid for any reason, those submissions will be immediately removed from the contest. Entrants that OPT believes are participating in any less than honest activity: padding votes, using multiple accounts, etc. will be blocked from the contest. Please, be honest, have fun and don't forget to vote for your favorites every day.!
Welcome to OPT's Comet Corner!
Comets are perhaps the most fickle creatures of the astronomical world and ISON is no exception. It's rocky, frozen body has quietly stood the test of thousands of years but a close trip by the Sun has sparked its brilliance like lighting a match. Once a silent, ice-bound mass, comet ISON is now a volatile object, constantly changing as it jettisons through space. It is the very nature of comets that make them exceptionally difficult to predict and whether ISON is the "Comet of the Century" or not, its extended visit in our night sky will surely be a spectacular and memorable thing to witness. OPT will be with you through the comet's exciting journey providing updated images, news, and advice on gearing up to view and capture ISON. Check back on the Comet Corner often as we update new information and get a heads up when new information is available by following us on Twitter and liking our Facebook page.
Comet ISON News & Images
12/30/2013 - Goodbye Comet ISON - An Obituary by Galileo
12/4/2013 - What Happened to Comet ISON? NASA gives us the low-down on the fate of the much-anticipated "Comet of the Century"
11/22/2013 - Find Comet ISON the morning of November 24th with this handy chart - Astronomy Magazine
10/21/2013 - Let Comet ISON be Your Introduction to Astronomy! - Penny Distasio
10/4/2013 - Call to Arms! Participate in the Comet ISON Observing Campaign! by Penny Distasio
Gear Up For Comet ISON
No matter what condition ISON may be in as it makes its way across the sky this Fall, OPT has the gear to help you see and image it. From binoculars and tripods to telescopes, mounts and CCD cameras we have it all! We will be updating this section with more product recommendations and advice so be sure to check back regularly. Follow the links below to the equipment you need. Need more help choosing the perfect gear? Contact us! Anyone of our astronomy or imaging experts would be happy to assist you and answer any questions you might have.
Specialty Packages and Recommended Systems
For the experienced imager looking for a more advanged telescope and mount pairing, OPT recommends the following systems. Each preselected package below has the accessories chosen the attach the telescope to the mount. You may need additional accessories to attach your camera, guide scope and camera and other accessories. Our sales team is happy to get you exactly the right items.
Perfect fo the intermediate user, the packages below are exceptionally user friendly and are well adapted to imaging.
Large Aperture Optical Tubes
A telescope with a larger aperture will help gather the most light possible, making a possibly fainter comet highly visible. If you already have a mount, you'll find a selection of large aperture OTA's in the categories below.
Large Aperture Telescopes Systems
Comets are thrilling to image and the best platform for imaging is an equatorial mount where a smooth arcing motion will allow you to take extended exposures. Below you'll find our selection of telescopes, 7.1" and larger which are already paired with an EQ mount.