In August 2014 I acquired a Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR camera for the primary purpose of astrophotograpy, including the taking of photographs of comets. For the time being these are unguided "camera-on-tripod" photos, so I'm limited in exposure times (or else subject to significant trailing, except when near the north celestial pole). I will be addressing this issue in the future.

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"FIRST LIGHT" OF THE DSLR CAMERA. Comet Jacques C/2014 E2 (no 540) on August 24, 2014.
COMET LOVEJOY C/2014 Q2 (NO. 556). One of the brightest comets that appeared during the mid-2010s, reaching a peak brightness of 4th magnitude. LEFT: January 6, 2015. Note the faint tail extending towards the left (east). The Pleiades star cluster (M45) is in the upper left. RIGHT: May 20, 2015. Polaris is the bright star below left center. The comet's high northerly declination allowed for an unusually long unguided exposure (3 minutes).
COMET CATALINA C/2013 US10 (NO. 550). LEFT: January 17, 2016. The spiral galaxy M101 is near bottom left center. RIGHT: January 27, 2016.
LEFT: Comet 252P/LINEAR (no. 592) on April 3, 2016, thirteen days after it had passed 0.036 AU from Earth (during which time it was visible only from the southern hemisphere). RIGHT: Comet PANSTARRS C/2013 X1 (no. 580) on June 4, 2016. The Helix Nebula (NGC 7293) is just to the comet's upper right (northwest).
COMET 41P/TUTTLE-GIACOBINI-KRESAK (NO. 613) on March 22, 2017, ten days before it passed 0.142 AU from Earth.

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