Observers: Todd Hunter, Tom Murphy, Dan Williams
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California
Date: March 24, 1996 10:30, 12:25 UT
This 5 minute guided exposure was recorded on the same night at 12:25 UT (near the beginning of astronomical twilight). A 135 mm telephoto lens was used at f/2.8 to resolve more details in the tail near the nucleus. The width of the image is approximately 13 degrees and some thin cirrus is (unfortunately) visible. Note the rapid motion of the comet across the sky between the two images by comparing the relative position of the nucleus and the two stars just to the upper left of the nucleus.
Todd R. Hunter Tom W. Murphy Dan Williams (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org) (email@example.com) California Institute of Technology
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