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Parker Images of Comet 1996 B2 Hyakutake

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Observer: Tim Parker
Location: Angeles Crest Highway, California
Date: March 27, 1996 11:00 - 13:00 UT

Here are two images of Comet Hyakutake (1996B2) that I took along Angeles Crest Highway about 30 miles west of Wrightwood, CA on Wednesday morning, March 27, 1996.

The first image was taken with a Quantaray 35-70mm zoom lens set at 35mm f/2.8 on a Nikon 5005 camera body. It is a composite of two consectutive 3 minute exposures on Konica SR 3200 color print film taken just after 3:00 a.m. PST. Each negative was scanned and the two integrated in Adobe Photoshop. (Click on the image if you wish to download a JPEG version.)

The second image was taken with a Meyer-Optik 300mm f/4.5 lens on an Exakta camera body. It is a composite of two consecutive 3 minute exposures on Konica SR 3200 color print film taken just after 3:00 a.m. PST. Each negative was scanned and the two integrated in Adobe Photoshop. (Click on the image if you wish to download a JPEG version.)

I shot with both cameras simultaneously, piggybacked on a clock-driven Celestron SP-C80 refractor (but with no special guiding), so that I acquired approximately 25-30 useable frames from each camera between 3:00 and 5:00a.m. (Note: I've thought about putting together movies, but work schedules will force me to put that off for a month or so, at least).

--Tim Parker

 
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