Observer: Bill Hutchinson
Location: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska
Date: March 1, 1997
No CCD images here or tracking telescope shots. I'm just a back yard photographer with Nikon N90 and N2020 35mm cameras, a few lenses, a tripod and a home made Haig equatorial mount. Anyone can take shots like these, if a comet is nearby :-).
First image shot on Saturday morning March 1st demonstrates the distinct difference between the upper ion tail and the lower dust tail of Hale-Bopp. You can see the North American Nebula in upper left corner just below Deneb. Nikon N90 50mm f2, 2 minute exposure on Haig mount. Kodak Ektachrome 400X.
Second image shot with a Nikon N90 50mm f2, 20 seconds on Kodak Ektachrome 400X. Bill Hutchinson email@example.com My own comet images at the url below are all taken over the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge outside Soldotna, Alaska.
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