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Benvenuto/Antuna Images of Comet Hale-Bopp

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Observers: Michel Benvenuto, Emmanuel Antuna
Location: Col de Vence, France
Date: February 8, 1997 04:10-05:15 UT

First Image

Hale Bopp -08 Feb 97 - 5:15 UT Picture taken in Col de Vence near Nice - France, Long. 07 06 45 E, Lat 43 43 31 N elevation: 1000 m. The seeing was good, temperature 1=B0 C, 40% humidity. The picture was taken using a Celestron C5, in 3mn on Ektar 1000. Hale Bopp sweeps Gamma Sagitta, the head is crescent-like, with the start of the straight bleuish plasma tail showing as well as the very wide fan-like dust tail. The tail length was estimated at 3-4=B0 with 20x80 binoculars.

Second Image

Hale Bopp -08 Feb 97 - 4:10 UT The picture was taken using a Nikon 300mm at F/D 4.5, in 5mn on Ektar 1000. Note M71 below the head and on the far right side M27 ! Hale Bopp sweeps Gamma Sagitta, the head is crescent-like, with the start of the straight bleuish plasma tail showing as well as the very wide fan-like dust tail. The tail length was estimated at 3-4=B0 with 20x80 binoculars.

Third Image

Hale Bopp -07 Feb 97 - 4:50 UT The seeing was good, temperature -1=B0 C, 35% humidity. The picture was taken using a Nikon 300mm at F/D 5.6, in 5mn on Ektar 1000. M71 is less than a degree from Hale Bopp=92s head ! apparently bathed in its outer coma. Gamma Sagitta is above, the head is crescent-like, with the start of the bleuish plasma tail showing as well as the very wide dust tail. (At the time our G11 mount was resting on two legs only, the third one forgotten at home was replaced by a stone !!!)

Michel Benvenuto and Emmanuel Antuna
attic@pratique.fr


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