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Sinnott June 17, Bill Bradfield, who passed away on June 9th, was one of the most prolific and elite comet discoverers of all time. Bill Bradfield, seen with his unusual comet seeker in a photograph taken in Dennis di Cicco William A.
Bradfield, the mild-mannered comet hunter of South Australia, died on June 9,at age His remarkable tally of 18 comets, each discovered visually and credited to him alone, puts him among the most prolific and elite comet discoverers of all time.
Only the French observer Jean-Louis Pons achieved more solo finds 22 comets in his lifetime.
The American amateur William R. Brookswith 18 comets that were his alone, is the only other astronomer in the same league with Bradfield when it comes to visual discoveries.
Yet Bill Bradfield didn't even take up comet hunting until his mids. Born in New Zealand inhe moved to the outskirts of Adelaide, South Australia, inwhere he began his career as a rocket-propulsion engineer for the Australian Department of Defence.
He was an amateur astronomer as well, but off and on. Then inwhen Comet Bennett vaulted into the predawn sky, it got him thinking, "Perhaps I can find a comet too. We'd arranged to arrive at 10 a. The telescope was still in the back of his stationwagon, and he gladly set it up for us. Here Bradfield holds the antique 6-inch lens that served as the objective of his comet seeker.
He used this telescope to discover all his early comets. Dennis di Cicco We weren't quite prepared for the contraption we saw. He'd purchased it from Ralph Sangster, a fellow member of the Astronomical Society of South Australia, who had cobbled it together from unfinished boards and spare parts of every sort.
We soon realized, however, that this was a device superbly suited for finding comets. The giant Dallmeyer camera lens, made a century earlier for portrait photography, had an aperture of 6 inches.
A war-surplus Erfle eyepiece provided 26x. With a 2-foot lever arm the instrument could be raised or lowered to let the observer stand comfortably at the eyepiece. Then Bradfield did what he always did for visitors, letting us in on some of his secrets.
He showed us a sinusoidal template that he could slide over his large star charts and plot, for reference, his own horizon at the start of morning twilight or the end of evening twilight. By flipping this template over, he could plot the horizon that observers in Japan would have the same night.
The Japanese comet hunters were his fiercest competitors, and he'd always sweep areas of sky visible to them first. Only later would he leisurely return to the sky visible only from the Southern Hemisphere.Writing an obituary or funeral program must capture the heart of mourners and it conveys the exact message at the funeral service.
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