Observer: John Iatesta
Location: Brasstown Bald, Georgia
Date: March 23, 1996 07:30 UT, 09:30 UT
These images were taken Mar 23 at 2:30 and 4:30 am ( EST -Approx. ) from Brasstown Bald in the north Georgia mountains. The parking lot where the photos were take is at about 4500 feet. Sky conditions were excellent.
The camera was a 35mm Pentax MX with a 50mm lens at f/2. Exposure was 1 minute on Fujicolor 1600. The camera was driven by a home-made ,variable speed gear drive ( Edmund Scientific Parts ). Processing was a local 1hr photo shop. Image was scanned greyscale 150x150 dpi with an HP3c scanner. The only enhancement was to sharpen and adjust contrast and brightness with "Thumbs Plus", my veiwer of choice.
First image shows the comet occulting epsilon Bootes and second image shows the comet about .5 degree north of epsilon Bootes and nearly overhead.
John Iatesta ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
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