Observer: B. D. Wehrfritz
Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Date: May 9, 1997 02:36, 02:41 UT
Yes! It is THE GRAND TETON, CRESCENT MOON AND HALE-BOPP! These two photos were taken in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming on Thursday evening May 8, 1997. Using the azimuth and altitude data for 10pm MDT for this moon-comet conjunction, and a Brunton compass, I diligently scouted a location to place the moon and comet over the Grand Teton. The final location was just off a dirt road on the east side of Antelope Flats, 2 miles east of the Glacier View turnout on Highway 89. The Shadow Mountain road was closed beyond there due to melting snow and mud!
THE TETON RANGE AND COMET: This photo was taken at 9:36pm MDT with a Nikon 8008s camera, Nikon 80-200 f2.8 lens, Fuji 800 Super G Plus print film, with the lens set at 80mm f2.8 for 2 seconds. The peaks left to right are: South Teton and Nez Perce, Middle Teton (with the moon just above it), Grand Teton, Mt Owen, Teewinot, and then descending into Cascade Canyon on the far right.
THE GRAND AND HALE-BOPP: This photo was taken at 9:41pm MDT with a Nikon 8008s camera, Nikon 80-200 f2.8 lens, Fuji 800 Super G Plus print film, with the lens set at 200mm f2.8 for 4 seconds. The moon is slipping into the saddle between the Middle Teton and the Grand Teton. The comet is just above the Grand Teton, which is 13,770 feet high.
Many thanks to Mack Frost (firstname.lastname@example.org) for acting as the `Producer' for these photos: Telling me about the moon-comet conjunction, providing me with the basic from the shareware program Hale-Bopp Finder from Klass-M Software to aid in finding the `right' location, scanning the photos into his computer, and sending them out to the world.
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