Observer: Bill Hutchinson
Location: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska
Date: March 22, 1997
First image: the full moon is washing out the ion tail of Hale-Bopp but I had to take this picture on the 22nd to record HB's nearest approach to the earth. Moonlight makes for interesting colors. Nikon N90 180mm at f2.8, 1 minute exposure on Ektachrome 400X using Haig mount.
Second image: WELCOME TO SOLDOTNA is the message here. Hale-Bopp in full moonlight arrives on the outskirts of town. Nikon N90 50mm at f2.0, 20 second exposure on Ektachrome 400X.
All photos Copyright 1997 The Kenai Peninsula Eagle Press
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