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  This is a comet discovered by Lincoln Laboratory Near Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) on Nov 16, 2000.
  2000WM1 LINEAR was far in the distance of about 5 AU when discovered, and its brightness reached 5th magnitude after a whole year. We could observe the comet moving down toward south sky in autumnal constellations from Nov to Dec of 2001.

Morning on Mar 9, 2002, f=1600mm, 31KB
Morning on Feb 23, 2002, f=1600mm, 42KB
Dec 15, 2001, f=300mm tele, 57KB
From Nov 22 to 24, 2001, f=300mm tele, 50KB

Comet LINEAR (C/2001A2 LINEAR)

  This is a comet discovered by Lincoln Laboratory Near Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) on Jan 15, 2001.
  The comet occurred several out-bursts and brightened dramatically, had about 3.3th magnitude in middle of June in southern hemisphere. And the comet came in view fields of observers living at northern hemisphere after the end of June. We could observe it in eastern skies of dawn as a naked eye comet after long interval.

Jul 13, 2001, f=530mm, 51KB
Jul 1, 2001, f=300mm tele, 50KB

Comet LINEAR (C/1999S4 LINEAR)

   The comet was discovered by the automated LINEAR (Lincoln Laboratory Near Earth Asteroid Research) minor-planet survey team on Sep 27,1999. The team has discovered and/or detected many comets and they have same names of "LINEAR", we have to take an attention without confusing those each other.
   The comet 1999S4 LINEAR was expected that we can enjoy it as a most entertaining celestial show during summer nights of year 2000. But unfortunately it's running a little fainter than we conservatively predicted, the comet was about 6th magnitude or so even when it enters its brightest two weeks in July.

Jul 22, 2000, f=530mm, 66KB
Jul 16, 2000, during Lunar Eclipse, f=200mm tele, 64KB
Jul 8, 2000, f=530mm, 62KB
Comet LINEAR & Double-Clusters, f=165mm tele, 80+24KB
Jul 6, 2000, f=530mm, 58KB
Jan 7, 2000, f=1278mm, 64KB

Comet Lee (C/1999H1 Lee)

This comet was discovered by an amateur astronomer Steven Lee, Australia, on Apr 16, 1999. He found the comet with 9th magnitude. Comet Lee became to be observed at Northern hemisphere from early in May onward. The comet has a magnitude of 7 in the end of May to June, visible with portable binoculars after a long separation since comet Hale-Bopp.

Early morning on Aug 11, 1999, f=135mm tele, 74KB
May 8, 1999, f=530mm, 38KB

Comet Tempel-Tuttle (55P/Tempel-Tuttle)

A periodic comet of Tempel-Tuttle is known as an origin of Leonids shower that can be observed in medium of every November. And the meteor shower shows us the extraordinary appearance about every 33 years synchronizing with the revolutional period of the comet.

Evening on Jan 31, 1998, f=500mm, 48KB

Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995O1 Hale-Bopp)

This comet was discovered on July 22nd 1995 by two American amateuer comet-seekers, Mr. Alan Hale, New Mexico, and Mr. Thomas Bopp, Arizona. At that time, Comet Hale-Bopp was in constellation of Sagittarius, magnitude 10.5. And astronomers were surprised that the distance to this comet was over one billion kilometers(625 million miles), outer than the Jupitar's orbit. They paid much attention to this comet as "One of the greatest Comets in this Century". Comet Hale-Bopp became brighter than magnitude 0 in March 1997, and we were fascinated with splendid view of this great comet.

Evening on May 10, 1997, The Last-shot, f=530mm, 13KB
Evening on Apr 26, 1997, f=360mm, 67KB
Comet Hale-Bopp vanishing into Mt. Yatsugatake, f=360mm (Consists of 3 shots), 72KB
Comet Hale-Bopp in the sky over Mt. Yatsugatake, f=35mm wide-angle, 34KB
Evening on Apr 13, 1997, f=360mm, 22KB
Evening on Apr 13, 1997, f=200mm tele, 48KB
Evening on Mar 30, 1997, At Tokyo, f=135mm Tele, 23KB
Early morning on Mar 20, 1997, f=530mm, 40KB
Early morning on Mar 20, 1997, Hale-Bopp on the Pacific Ocean, f=50mm standard, 27KB
Early morning on Mar 9, 1997, f=530mm, 29KB
Early morning on Mar 9, 1997, Hale-Bopp & North America Nebula, f=50mm standard, 28KB
Early morning on Feb 13, 1997, f=530mm, 50KB
Early morning on Feb 9, f=530mm, 38KB
Oct 5, 1996, f=630mm, 24KB
Aug 15, 1996, f=630mm, 42KB
Jul 13, 1996, f=360mm, 64KB
Jun 15, 1996, f=630mm, 61KB

Comet Tabur (C/1996Q1 Tabur)

Mr. V. Tabur, Australia, discovered this comet on August 19th 1996. Comet Tabur was in the Eridanus, magnitude 10 when that was found out, and came near to us about 60 million kilometers (38 million miles) in October 1996. We could observe this comet with magnitude about 4 to 5 at that time.

Oct 19, 1996, f=630mm, 70KB
Sep 15, 1996, f=630mm, 49KB

Comet Hyakutake (C/1996B2 Hyakutake)

On January 30th 1996, Mr. Yuuji Hyakutake, Kagoshima pref., Japan, discovered this comet that had one of the longest tails in this century. Angular length of the ion tail of this comet was more than 100 degree, and brightness of coma was nearly magnitude 0 in March 1996.

Apr 13, 1996, f=360mm, 53KB
Apr 13, 1996, f=80mm tele, 28KB
Apr 13, 1996, f=200mm tele, 43KB
Apr 5, 1996, Comet Hyakutake with Pleiades & Venus, f=35mm wide angle, 23KB

Comet Levy (1990c=C/1990K1 Levy)

This comet was discovered by Mr. D.H.Levy, Arizona, on May 20th 1990. Comet Levy decorated the Summer Night Sky in that year with magnitude about 3.

Aug 24, 1990, f=200mm tele, 48KB

Comet Austin (1989c1=C/1989X1 Austin)

Mr R.R.D.Austin, New Zealand, found out this comet on December 6th 1989. Astronomers predicted that comet Austin would be bright magnitude about 2 in the spring 1990. But this comet wasn't brighter than magnitude 3, and a long tail was invisible. This comet is the most famous one that disappointed us.

May 26, 1990, f=960mm, 55KB

Comet Aarseth-Brewington (1989a1=C/1989W1 Aarseth-Brewington)

This comet was discovered on November 16th 1989 by two comet-seekers, Mr. K.Aarseth, Norway, and Mr. H.J.Brewington, South Carolia, U.S. We could see this comet in the dawn light at the end of that year.

Dec 21, 1989, f=135mm tele, 40KB

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