Observer: Nick Campitelli
Location: Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania
Date: April 18, 1996 02:00-03:30 UT
These Pictures were taken on April 17, 1996 between 9:00 PM and 10:30 PM. I was inside the football stadium at Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvannia, to block the outside light. I still got a glare from some of the street lights below the trees. I was using an old Argus 50 mm camera with kodak 400 TX B&W. My exposure times were between 30 sec. and 90 sec. I was trying to get a nice image without a lot of trails. I don't have the equipment to track the stars. I was pretty impressed with these pictures though. The actual photos appear clearer than these images. The tail was spectacular this evening. It was reaching straight up through the constellation perseus. It was my best view of the comet since late March.
In images one and two Venus is the bright "star" in the upper left. The background is the NW horizon with the bleachers from the stadium on the left in all three images
What a sight!!!
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