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Comet Hale-Bopp Images - October 1996

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Observer: Pedro Re
Location: Portugal
Date: October 1-7, 1996

All images were obtained with a C14 and a Mead2045. Total integration times varied from 2.5 to 5 min. Time (middle of the integration is given- UT). Each image is the result of the addition of 5 different exposures.


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Observer: Otto Farago
Location: Swabian Obserwatory, Stuttgart, Germany
Date: October 3, 1996 18:24, 18:44 UT

CCD-Image taken with a ST-6 and Celestron 14 (60s exposure each)


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Observer: David Hanon
Location: Ringgold, Georgia
Date: October 4, 1996

Images taken with a ST8 7" F/6.


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Observer: Frank Loch
Location: Center Valley, Pennsylvania
Date: October 6, 1996 20:18:15 UT

Image taken with a 12" lx200 at f/10 was used with an sbig st7 ccd. The image is a track and accumulate composite of 24 ten second exposures, guiding on the comet nucleus to reduce star smearing. The raw image was processed with lview and a little false color added.


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Observers: Cecilia Vogel, David Renneke
Location: Milan, Illinois
Date: October 7, 1996 03:27 UT

This picture was taken from a rural site using a Meade 8" telescope and an SBIG ST-6 CCD camera. This was a 10 second exposure. The size of the photo is 28' x 18'. The comet was a distance of 3.01 AU from Earth.


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Observer: David Hanon
Location: Ringgold, Georgia
Date: October 9, 1996

True color mage taken with a ST8 7" F/6.


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Observer: Al Kelly
Location: Danciger, Texas
Date: October 9, 1996

Tricolor image I did of H-B with my 32" f4 system. One of the subexposures for this one was published in the Feb issue of Astronomy. It is a composite of one minute in red, 2 minutes in green, and 2.75 minutes in blue (Edmund dichroic filters). The SBIG KG-5 IR blocking filter was also used with each subexposure.


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Observer: David Hanon
Location: Ringgold, Georgia
Date: October 10, 1996

True color image taken with a ST8 7" F.6


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Observers: James M. De Buizer, James T. Radomski, Luther Davis III
Location: Rosemary Hill Observatory, Bronson, Florida
Date: October 10, 1996

Photometrics Star1 CCD at the Newtonian focus of a 30-inch telescope. The exposure time was 60 seconds and the image was taken through a red (R) filter. Image reduction, false coloring, and enhancement was done in IDL.


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Observer: David Hanon
Location: Ringgold, Georgia
Date: October 12, 1996

True color image taken with a ST8 7" F.6.


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Observer: Herman Mikuz
Location: Crni Vrh Observatory, Slovenia
Date: October 12, 1996 18:07 UT

False-color of comet Hale-Bopp, taken with the 20-cm, f/2 Baker-Schmidt camera, R-filter and ST-6 CCD. Exposure time was 3 minutes. The frames field of view is 1.2x0.9 deg.


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Copyright John Chumack
Observer: John Chumack
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Date: October 14, 1996 01:30 UT

Comet Hale -Bopp with 5 small jets, 80mm F6.6 Refractor, St-6 CCD, B, V, R Filters.


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Observers: H. Fukushima, N. Yamamoto
Location: National Astronomy Observatory, Japan
Date: July - December 1996

Images taken using the NAOJ 50cm reflector with a CCD camera.


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Copyright David Johnson
Observer(s): David Johnson
Location: Newport, United Kingdom
Date: October 15, 1996

4 minute exposure with Starlight Express colour CCD camera. Telescope 12 inch f5 Newtonian.


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Observer: David Renneke
Location: Milan, Illinois
Date: October 15, 1996 00:35 UT

This picture was taken using a Meade 8" telescope and an SBIG ST-6 CCD camera. This was a 10 second exposure. The size of the photo is 28' x 18'. The comet was a distance of 3.03 AU from Earth.


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Observers: H. Fukushima, N. Yamamoto
Location: National Astronomy Observatory, Japan
Date: April - November 1996

Images taken using the NAOJ 50cm reflector with a CCD camera.


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Observer: Harold Weaver
Location: Hubble Space Telescope, Earth Orbit
Date: September 26, 1996 - October 17, 1996

This is a series of Hubble Space Telescope observations of the region around the nucleus of Hale-Bopp, taken on eight different dates since September 1995. They chronicle changes in the evolution of the nucleus as it moves ever closer to, and is warmed by, the sun.

The first picture in the sequence, seen at upper left shows a strong dust outburst on the comet that occurred when it was beyond the orbit of Jupiter. Images in the Fall of 1996 show multiple jets that are presumably connected to the activation of multiple vents on the surface of the nucleus.

In these false color images, taken with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, the faintest regions are black, the brightest regions are white, and intermediate intensities are represented by different levels of red. All images are processed at the same spatial scale of 280 miles per pixel (470 kilometers), so the solid nucleus, no larger than 25 miles across, is far below Hubble's resolution.


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Observer: Hal Weaver
Location: Hubble Space Telescope
Date: September 26, 1996 - October 17, 1996


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Observer: Dan Bruton
Location: Stephen F. Austin State University Observatory, Nacogdoches, Texas
Date: October 19, 1996 01:04 UT

Camera: STAR1 CCD on 18" Telescope, 30 second exposure.


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Observer: Pedro Re
Location: Portugal
Date: October 1996 - February 1997

All images were obtained from central Portugal with a C14 and HISIS22 CCD Camera.


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Observer: Pedro Re
Location: Portugal
Date: October 21, 1996 18:44 UT

CCD/Imager         : HISIS22 CCD CAMERA
Telescope/Lens     : C14 F/6
Exposure Time      : 5Min 5x60Sec Addition and rgradient 0 12
Binning            : 1x1

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Observers: H. Fukushima, N. Yamamoto
Location: National Astronomy Observatory, Japan
Date: October 22, 1996

Images taken using the NAOJ 50cm reflector with a CCD camera.


h2>More Comet Hale-Bopp Images (October 1996)

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Copyright Jerry Dobek and Judy Doelker, 1996
Observers: Jerry Dobek, Judy Doelker
Location: Rogers Observatory, Traverse City, Michigan
Date: October 29, 1996 00:30 UT

8" Schmidt camera, 3 minute exposure on Fujichrome 100 film. This photo was taken with the comet in Ophiuchus where it has been for the past several months. The comet lies within 0.5 degrees of the globular cluster M-14, seen here in this photo. The comet was just brighter than 5th magnitude (limit of naked eye observation), and displays a broad tail. Three distinct tails can be seen and appear symmetric to each other. Visual observation showed a tail extending 1.5 degrees.


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Observer: David Hanon
Location: Ringgold, Georgia
Date: October 30, 1996

Grayscale image of Comet Hale-Bopp taken with a ST8 7" F/6. M14 is in the upper right corner.


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Observer: David Hanon
Location: Ringgold, Georgia
Date: October 31, 1996

True color image taken with a ST8 7" F/6.


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