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Haute-Provence Observatory Image of Comet Hale-Bopp

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Observer: Olivier Lardiere
Location: Haute-Provence Observatory, France
Date: February 7, 1997

Comet Hale-Bopp as seen with the 0.8-m telescope of the Observatoire de Haute Provence The image of Comet Hale-Bopp were taken with a CCD TK 512x512 at the Cassegrain focus (F/D=15) of the 80 cm telescope of the Observatoire de Haute Provence. Picture sampling: 0.42"/pixel, field 3.6'x3.6'. Pictures processed with ESO-MIDAS and QMiPS32 softwares.

At the focus of a telescope the inner coma appears as an elongated kidney shape perpendicular to the direction of the sun. At each end two powerfull dust jets take off and curve under the solar wind. The concentric envelopes are more contrasted and in greater number than before, they become really visible on original pictures.


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