Pictures from the Halley's Comet
Porto Alegre, 1986

My father and I took many pictures from the Halley's comet on March 19, 1986. I decided to scan some and place them here as I keep meeting people that insist they don't believe the comet has been actually seen on that time, and many others did not get the chance to just locate it in the sky. So, enjoy it!

We used a Olympus OM-1 SLR camera with 400 ASA film. We used a tripod and left the camera open for several seconds (from 15 to 45 if I'm right), so in some pictures the comet's tail gets more visible and the stars appear as traces because of the Earth's rotation. The pictures were taken between 4:00 and 5:00am, at about 45 degress above the horizon, somewhere between east and southeast, at Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.

The next picture is from another set took on April 7, 1986, after the comet passed around the Sun. Its tail is less visible an appears to be behind it.

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