Observer: Heiner Lieth
Location: Davis, California
Date: March 26, 1996 07:00 UT
The comet's tail is now very large. It reaches well past the handle of the big dipper. In this picture the bright object in the top right corner is the middle of that "handle". The photo doesn't do the tail justice.
This photo was taken by me using Kodak Royal Gold 1000 print film, with a Nikon FE2, 50mm Nikon lens, f2, 60 second exposure, at about 11 pm yesterday night, Mar 25 1996, about 20 miles north of Davis, California. I also stood near the camera to block the intense moonlight from the camera. With this film and equipment at f2, exposure times of 30 sec to 2 minutes all generate pretty nice pictures.
The digital scan was done with a Nikon slide scanner, scanning the negative film. The highest resolution of the scanner was used (pitch=1, with no gamma correction); the resulting Targa file was cropped and resized with L-ViewPro to 354x600 and saved as a JPG file.
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