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Comet 1996 B2 Hyakutake Images
March 29-31, 1996


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Observer: Michael Boschat
Location: 26 km outside Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Date: March 29, 1996 02:00 UT

30 second exposure on Kodak Gold 400 film with a Zenit-B camera 58mm f/2 lens.

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Observer: Bernard Bastien
Location: Parc de la Jacques-Cartier, Quebic City, Canada
Date: March 29, 1996 08:30 UT

Film: Fujicolor 400 Super G. Exposition: approx. 2 minutes. Temperature: approx -12 Celsius. Equipment: Pentax P30N, 28-80mm f/3.5 lens (at 28 mm), tripod.

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Observer: Michel Daigneault
Location: Ste. Beatrix, QC, Canada
Date: March 29, 1996 08:50 UT

The light trail above comet Hyakutake has been left by the Space shuttle mission STS-76 spacecraft and the Mir space station. Equipement: 50mm f/1.7 lens, tracking using an 8-inch Newtonian. Exposure time: 5 minutes. Film type: Kodak 2415, D-19 developper.

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Observer: Igor Nesterenko
Location: Novosibirsk, Russia
Date: March 29, 1996 16:30 UT

Images taken with camera Zenit-ET 58mm f/2 lens on tripod, unguided. Film: Fujicolor SG400, exposure time 3 min.

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Observer: Keiichi Maeda
Location: Near Inawashiro lake, Fukushima, Japan
Date: March 29, 1996 18:00 UT

equipment: Minolta X-700, 50mm/F1.4, Fujicolor super G800(ASA 800). exposure 30sec without guide.

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Observer: Jarle Aasland
Location: Norway
Date: March 29, 1996 UT

Equipment: Nikon F4, 135 mm lens f/2.8, Fujicolor 400, exposure: 4 mins.

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Observers: : Alessandro Dimai, Francesco D'Arsič, Roberto Nuzzo, Gabriele Rosolen
Location: Passo Giau, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Date: March 30, 1996 03:00 UT

Tele 100 mm f/2,8 - Kodak Ektar 1000. 2 minute exposure.

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Observer: John Farrell
Location: Los Alamos, New Mexico
Date: March 30, 1996 05:26 UT

Image is a 30 second exposure taken at Los Alamos, NM on March 30.2262 UT with a 36 cm SCT at f/7. The image scale is 1.5 arcsec/pixel. The image on the right is a processed version to enhance the shells.

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Observer: Jacob Kuiper
Location: De Bilt, the Netherlands
Date: March 30, 1996 20:55 UT

Camera: Asahi Pentax. Objective: 2.0/28 mm. Exp.time: 5 minutes. Film: Kodak color 200.

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Observers: E.Frappa, P. Laques, J. Lecacheux
Location: Pic du Midi Observatory, France
Date: March 28, 1996 22:40 UT, March 30, 1996 22:12 UT

Images taken at Pic du Midi Observatory permit now to follow the evolution of the nuclear fragments, day after day. The brightest one, on the right image, is the fragment detected by the S2P Team at March 25.826 and confirmed later by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Observer: Thomas Collin
Location: Canada
Date: March 30, 1996 UT

These pictures taken approximately 10 minutes apart show the mouvement of the comet. They were taken at the prime focus of a Dynamax 8 on March 29. They were taken with a gibbous moon high in the sky. The film used is Fujicolor 400 and the exposure about 2 minutes at f/10.

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Observer: Richard Clements
Location: Buckhannon, West Virginia
Date: March 31, 1996 03:15 UT

Image taken using Kodak ASA 400 film with a 200 mm lens for a 2 minute exposure at f3.5

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Observer: Jay Edwards
Location: Vestal, New York
Date: March 31, 1996 03:50 UT

This image is a track & accumulate of seven, sixty second exposures taken by the Kopernik Astronomical Society at the Kopernik Space Education Center using a .5 meter Richey-Chrieten and an ST-6 CCD (We believe you can see the fragmented nucleus).

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Observer: Chris Sheehan
Location: Rochester, New Hampshire
Date: March 31, 1996 19:51 UT

This is a ccd image taken with a meade lx50 8 inch F10 with F6.3 reducer, and an ST-5 ccd imager. It was a track and accumulate of 4 12 sec exps. at 5 deg c.

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Observer: Gregor Krannich
Location: Wuenschendorf, Erzgebirge mountains, Germany
Date: March 31, 1996 20:06 UT

Equipment: Praktica with 200mm f/3.5 lens, Revue color 100, exposure time 40min, tracking using an AS 100/1000 refractor. The bright background is light pollution from the almost full moon.

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Observer: Al Legary
Location: Maidstone, Ontario, Canada
Date: March 31, 1996 UT

First image is three (rgb) 15 second exposures. Notice the bulge to the top of the head. The image is with a 16 inch newtonion and a home made ccd camera at minus 40 C. The second image is a little more daring at 100 power and three exposures of 60 seconds each while tracking on the back edge of the nucleus. The stars are blooming from over exposure and the offset shows the different exposures but there is nice detail in the tail.

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Observer: Don Ritchie
Location: Shaver Lake, California
Date: March 31, 1996

Image taken with 135mm f/3.6, Kodak asa1000, 1 minute exposure.

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