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Griffin Image of Comet Hale-Bopp


Observer: Ian Griffin
Location: Astronaut Memorial Planetarium & Observatory, Cocoa, Florida
Date: February 7, 1997 11:05:43 UT

A 5 minute (300 second) second exposure of Comet Hale Bopp started at 06:05:43 EST on 7th February 1997. A false colour pallete has been adopted to enhance details. Taken through a blue filter. SBIG ST8 CCD image, taken at the prime focus of a 12 inch f5 maksutov telescope. Image has been flat fielded, and gamma and contrast scaled in using Mira.. Image dimensions 31 arcminutes (long right ascension axis) by 20 arcminutes (short declination axis) During the exposure the camera was guided on the motion of the comet, which means that the star images are trailed.

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