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Comet Hale-Bopp Images - February 1996

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Copyright 1996 Gordon Garradd
Observer: Gordon J. Garradd
Location: Loomberah, New South Wales, Australia
Date: February 1, 1996 18:17 UT

30 sec exposure during twilight. North is up in this 12' X 10.5' field. Taken with a 25cm f/4.1 Newtonian and HI-SIS 22.


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Copyright 1996 Gordon Garradd
Observer: Gordon J. Garradd
Location: Loomberah, New South Wales, Australia
Date: February 2, 1996 18:09 UT

300 sec exposure. False colour palette applied to show the coma without losing detail in the inner parts. North is up in this 9".5 X 10'.5 field. Taken with a 25cm f4.1 Newtonian and HI-SIS 22


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Observers: Griet van de Steene, Hernan Nunez, Grabriel Martin
Location: European Southern Observatory, La Silla, Chile
Date: February 9, 1996

This false-colour image of Comet Hale-Bopp is the first to be obtained with a major astronomical telescope after the recent conjunction with the Sun. Since the comet was so close to the Sun, it had to be observed in the comparatively bright morning sky. It was acquired only 10 degrees above the eastern horizon, at an airmass of no less than 5.1. Three exposures of 5 minutes each were made through a red filtre and with a 2000 x 2000 CCD in the EMMI multi-mode instrument. The image shown here is based on one flat-fielded 5-min exposure. The frame covers 9 x 9 arcmin; 1 pixel = 0.27 arcsecond; North is up and East to the left.


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Copyright 1996 Gordon Garradd
Observer: Gordon J. Garradd
Location: Loomberah, New South Wales, Australia
Date: February 11, 1996 18:15 UT

300 sec exposure North is up in this 15' X 13.5' field, scaled down 2X here. False colour palette has been applied and the contrast set very high to show inner and outer coma detail plus the extremely faint extension to the South West. Taken with a 25cm f/4.1 Newtonian and HI-SIS 22 CCD.


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Copyright 1996 Gordon Garradd
Observer: Gordon J. Garradd
Location: Loomberah, New South Wales, Australia
Date: February 18, 1996 17:59 UT

300 sec exposure. North is up in this 15' X 13.5' field, scaled down 2X here. False colour palette has been applied and the contrast set very high to show inner and outer coma detail plus the extremely faint extension to the South West. Taken with a 25cm f/4.1 Newtonian and HI-SIS 22 CCD.


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Copyright Gordon Garradd
Observer: Gordon Garradd
Location: Loomberah, New South Wales, Australia
Date: February 24, 1996 18:37 UT

300 sec exposure North is up in this 18' X 13.5' field, which has been scaled down here. False colour palette has been applied to show inner and outer detail in the coma. The coma is about 8' in diameter, and there still appears to be an extrememly faint extension to the South West. Taken with a 25cm f/4.1 Newtonian and HI-SIS 22 CCD.


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Observers: Tim Puckett, Harry Taylor
Location: Villa Rica, Georgia
Date: February 26, 1996 11:03:43 UT

This image of Hale-Bopp was obtained with a 12" Lx200 working at f/7. This is a 300 second exposure taken with the ST6 camera. North is up, Field is 13.5 x 9.5 minutes.


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Observers: Guangjie Wu, Kaifan Ji
Location: Yunnan Observatory, China
Date: February 28, 1996 06:25 Beijing

2 minutes exposure and without any filters. There are a number of GSC stars surrounding the comet.


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Ron Baalke
ron@jpl.nasa.gov

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