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Comet Hale-Bopp Images - March 1997

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Observer: Dewey Vanderhoff
Location: Wapiti Valley, Wyoming
Date: March 23, 1997 UT

Exposures of 40-60 seconds at f/2.8 using 400 speed films. I use Nikkor lenses, 24-35-55mm focal lengths ; Nikon camera on tripod.


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Observer: Giorgio Ratti
Location: Viguzzolo, Alessandria, Italy
Date: March 23, 1997

Minolta 50 mm. f1.4, Kodak Ektachrome elite II 400 asa, exposure 15 seconds.


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Observer: A. Russel
Location: Mormon Lake, Arizona
Date: March 23, 1997

This picture was taken during the lunar eclipse on March 23, 1997. Notice the shadow cast by the partially eclipsed moon on the snowcap of Humphrey's Peak, around 30 miles to the north. The glow on the horizon is Flagstaff. Canon 50mm f/1.2 L 30 sec. at f/2.0 Fujichrome 1600.


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Observer: Wolf Read
Location: Usal Beach, California
Date: March 23, 1997

Minolta Maxxum 9000 35mm SLR camera, using a Sigma 35-80mm/f4-5.6 zoom lens set at 80mm and f/5.6. The exposure time was 30 seconds using Kodak ASA1000 film.


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Observer: Jean Pasdeloup
Location: Draveil, France
Date: March 23, 1997 UT

Image taken with a 500mm telephoto lens.


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Observer: Alan Madill
Location: Vanderhoof, British Columbia, Canada
Date: March 23, 1997

60 second exposure with a 50mm f1.8 lens. Taken when the moon was at about maximum eclipse in very dark and transparent skies. Note M31 just to the left of the head of the comet.


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Observer: Tom Randall
Location: Poughkeepsie, New York
Date: March 23, 1997


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Observer: Tom Polakis
Location: Thunderbird Park, Arizona
Date: March 23, 1997

The first image is a view from a small hillside just south of the telescope field. It was a 12 second exposure on Kodak Gold 400 with a 55mm f/1.2 lens at f/2.8. Closer in, we see Rich Walker (hands in pockets) and his 13-inch Newtonian tracking on the eclipsed Moon. 28mm lens again with the standard exposure of 25 seconds.


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Observer: Pierre Arpin
Location: Longueuil, Canada
Date: March 23, 1997

Minolta 35 mm with a 50 mm objective and a 30 sec exposure with a Fuji ISO 100.


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Observer: David Woo
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Date: March 23, 1997

Canon FTB, 24mm lens, f/2.8, 20sec exp. Kodak 1000.


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Observer: Frank Loch
Location: Center Valley, Pennsylvania
Date: March 23, 1997 00:00 UT-08:45 UT

1. 10 second exposure on Fugi 800 with 200 mm lens at f/4.5. 3. Hale - Bopp sailing into Andromeda as seen from Center Valley PA looking over South Mountain toward Allentown. 5 second exposure on Fugi 800 through 200 mm f/4.5 lens

4. Hale - Bopp through a hole in the clouds as seen from Center Valley PA looking over South Mountain toward Allentown (the source of the cloud illumination). 5 second exposure on Fugi 800 through 200 mm f/4.5 lens.


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Observer: Joseph Sivo
Location: Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey
Date: March 23, 1997 00:15 UT

Camera:   Pentax k-1000
Lens:     50mm, f/2.8
Exposure:   12 sec, unguided
Film:   Kodak Royal Gold 400 ASA
        scanned at 200 dpi

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Observer: Ian Griffin
Location: Astronaut Memorial Planetarium & Observatory, Cocoa, Florida
Date: March 23, 1997 01:00 UT

First image is a 10 second exposure of comet Hale-Bopp. A 12 inch Maksutov telescope, working at a focal ratio of f5 was used with an SBIG ST8 CCD camera and a red filter. The CCD was used in medium resolution mode, with 2 by 2 binning, giving a resultant pixel size of 18 microns. The field of view is 0.3 degrees (long axis) by 0.2 degrees (short axis). Second image is the original 10 second exposure used to make the top image on this p age has been flat fielded and dark subtracted. The image has been processed using Mira. A 20 by 20 median filtered masked image was subtracted from 105% of the original. A false colour pallate was then added.


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Observer: George Varros
Location: Mt. Airy, Maryland
Date: March 23, 1997 01:23, 10:07 UT

Left image 03/23/97 01:23 UT, Right image 03/23/97 10:07 UT 1 second exposures 8" SCT f/10 EDC-1000 CCD. Unsharp Mask applied. 8 hrs 44 minutes elapsed between images. Note the shape and alignment of the pseudonucleus.


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Observer: H.T. Van Housen
Location: Burlington, Wisconsin
Date: March 23, 1997 02:30 UT

fl 5.6 Film Kodak1000 Lens setting 200mm, 6exp@30sec. Canon ESO Rebel w/ EF 80-200 Lens.


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Observer: Joe Pallen
Location: Moscow, Idaho
Date: March 23, 1997 02:58 UT

Image shot with a Minolta x-370, 50mm lens on 100ASA agfa film, f2.0 - 40 second exposure.


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Observer: Todd Baker
Location: Signal Hill, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Date: March 23, 1997 04:30 AM

Image taken with a Minolta AG-1 w/75-200mm lens set at 75mm on Fuji 800asa film for @30-45 secs.


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Observer: Todd Baker
Location: Signal Hill, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Date: March 23, 1997 04:30 AM

Image taken with a Minolta XG-1 w/75-200mm lens set at 75mm on Fuji 800asa film for @30-45 secs.


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Observer: Dean Armstrong
Location: Yerkes Observatory, Williams Bay, Wisconsin
Date: March 23, 1997 08:30-10:00 UT

Fuji Super G 800+, with a 50mm f/1.8 at f/2.8 The exposures were 15 seconds long.


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Observer: Frank Loch
Location: Deep Space 99 Observatory, Center Valley, Pennsylvania
Date: March 23, 1997 09:00-09:10 UT

All images taken with LX200 12" f/10 scope, f/3.3 reducer,st7 at 9 microns.

1. Tri Color exposure as: 30 seconds #25A red filter, 45 seconds #58 green filter, 90 seconds #38A blue filter. Color combined in SkyPro.

2. Tri Color exposure as: 30 seconds #25A red filter, 45 seconds #58 green filter, 90 seconds #38A blue filter.3. Color combined in SkyPro. Image was color balanced after combining.

3. 90 seconds exposure through blue #38A filter. Processed in Mira Al for coma e nhancement and color.


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Observer: Joseph Sivo
Location: Jersey City, New Jersey
Date: March 23, 1997 09:15 UT

Here is a photo, taken from the banks of the Hudson River on the New Jersey side, of Comet Hale-Bopp over New York City. The Empire State Building is visible on the lower right, and the George Washington Bridge is visible on the lower left.

Camera:  Pentax K-1000
Film:    Kodak 400 ASA Royal Gold
Lens:    50mm,  f/2.8
Exposure:   15 seconds, unguided
Scanned at 200 DPI and processed

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Observer: Larry Daniel
Location: Lewisville, North Carolina
Date: March 23, 1997 10:30 UT

All photos used a Konica Autoreflex T with a 50mm lens. The exposures were with Agfa 400 asa film (f1.8 for 30-60 sec.).


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Observer: Thomas Rotkiewicz
Location: Southwick, Massachusetts
Date: March 23, 1997 11:30 UT

Canon A1, app. 15 sec. w/35mm @ f2


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Observer: Gary McClaran
Location: Joshua Tree National Monument, California
Date: March 23, 1997 12:35 UT

I used a nikon f3 with a 85mm lens at f 2.8 45 sec. exp. fuji super G 800.


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Observer: Milan Kment
Location: Ceska Trebova, Czech Republic
Date: March 23, 1997 18:40, 18:45 UT

Konica VX-400 color negative film, Nikon FM-2, 2.8/28mm lens, exp. time 45 seconds.


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Observer: Dewey Vanderhoff
Location: Cody, Wyoming
Date: March 21-24, 1997

Time exposures from a tripod on 400 speed print film using 24-35-and 55mm Nikkor lenses on my old mechanical Nikon F2 camera.


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Observer: Jonathan Adams
Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Date: March 24, 1997

The night after the full moon Adams exposed the comet on Fuji 800 color negative film with an exposure ranging from 12-18 seconds. Using a Nikon camera, with a Nikon 50mm 1.8 lens set for 2.8.


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Observer: Bob Breivogel
Location: Mt. Hood, Oregon
Date: March 24, 1997

Exposure 5 sec, F1.4, Kodak Royal gold 1000, Olympus OM4.


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Observer: Keith Cooley
Location: Athens, Alabama
Date: March 24, 1997

Canon AE-1, 70-210mm lens, 30 sec.exposure Fuji 800.


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Observer: Keith Cooley
Location: Athens, Alabama
Date: March 24, 1997

Canon AE-1, 70-210mm lens, 30 sec. exposure using Fuji 400.


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Observer: Mike Cecile
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Date: March 24, 1997

400 ASA Kodakrome, 50 mm lens, f1.8, 2 minute exposure.


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Observer: Glenn Banack
Location: Camrose, Alberta, Canada
Date: March 24, 1997

The photos were taken with a 35mm cam, 50mm lense, Fstop 2.8, aprox. 15min./7min/4sec on fugi super gold 200asa. They were taken while the Moon on the 24th was at 93% eclipsed.


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Observer: Stephan Hamel
Location: Fredericton, New-Brunswick, Canada
Date: March 24, 1997

Kodak Gold 1000, 50 mm, 20 seconds, f3.5, Camera mounted on a tripod


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Observer: Jeredmy Seftor
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Date: March 24, 1997 00:20 UT

Photo was a 20 second exposure on Fuji 800 film using an Olympus OM2 camera with a 135mm f3.5 zuiko lens. This was shot through a brief cloud clearing on an otherwise overcast night. The lunar eclipse was waning as this shot was made.


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Observer: Stephane Potvin
Location: St-luc Dorchester, Quebec, Canada
Date: March 24, 1997 00:24 UT

This is a 5 second exposure with st7 SBIG and Astro-physic's 6" f7.


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Observer: Tim Forrest
Location: North Carolina
Date: March 24, 1997 00:40-01:00 UT

1. Even with high moon illumination and clouds, the Hale-Bopp comet shines through. 0040 UTC 50mm f2.0 30 seconds .

2. Comet Hale-Bopp sets over the Croatan National Forest in Newport, NC near the east prong of the Broad Creek. 0042 UTC 50mm f 2.0 30 seconds.

3. Through the clouds---comet Hale-Bopp. 0045 UTC 135mm f 2.5 20 seconds.

Last bot not least, picturesque Broad Creek as Hale-Bopp sets into the clouds above. 0100 UTC 50mm f 2.0 30 seconds.


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Observer: Glenn French
Location: North Andover, Massachusetts
Date: March 24, 1997 00:45 UT

Taken with a Celestar8 203mm f5.6 SCT at prime focus on 3/23/97 at 7:45PM EST. in North Andover, MA under a brilliant full moon.


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Observer: Ralph Pass
Location: Massachussetts
Date: March 24, 1997 00:53 UT

This image is the combination of eight 20 second exposures using a 28mm F/3.5 lens stopped down to F/5.6 and attached to a Meade Pictor 416. It shows Hale-Bopp close to M31. M31 is the little fuzzy on the left. The image was bilinearly corrected for skyglow and logarithmically scaled.


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Observer: John Cordiale
Location: Queensbury, New York
Date: March 24, 1997 01:05 UT

These images show the hood structures created by active jets in the nucleus. The nucleus is rotating CCW and throwing out vast amounts of material. As the nucleus rotates every 11.46 hours a new parabolic hood is created.


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Observer: Paul Gitto
Location: Arcturus Observatory, Pine Barrens of Whiting, New Jersey
Date: March 24, 1997 01:12 UT

A 1 sec. exp. of Comet Hale-Bopp 3/24/97 1:12 UT . Meade LX 200 @ F/3.3 Dark and flat frame corrected, log scaled, unsharp masked and edge enhanced.


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Observer: Dave Schmahl
Location: Mount Laguna Observatory, San Diego, California
Date: March 24, 1997 01:15-02:15 UT

First image taken with a 50mm lens at f2.8, 1000 Kodak Gold, 20 sec exposure, unguided. Middle images taken with a 50mm lens at f2.8, 1000 Kodak Gold, 20 sec exposure, unguided. Final image taken with a 300mm lens at f2.8, 1000 Kodak Gold, 2.5 min exposure, pippybacked on a motor guided C80 refractor.


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Observer: Joey Cline
Location: ???
Date: March 24, 1997 01:15 UT

Photographed using 35mm lens set to 1.7 for 20 seconds on Fuji 800. Note: Foreground and sky lighting provided by the full moon!


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Observer: Gregory Mosher
Location: Sodus, New York
Date: March 24, 1997 01:30 UT

Taken with an Olympus OM-2n SLR and a 24mm lens. Exposure was 10 seconds @f/2.8 with Fuji SuperG1600 film. The moon was full on the night of the 24th, giving the picture an appearance of being in daylight.


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Observer: Dave Schmahl
Location: Mount Laguna Observatory, San Diego, California
Date: March 24, 1997 02:30 UT

50mm lens at f2.8, 1000 Kodak Gold, 20 sec exposure, unguided.


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Observer: Bret Masterson
Location: Joshua Tree National Monument, California
Date: March 24, 1997 03:50 UT

14 second exposure on Fuji 800 with a Canon AE-1 50mm lens at f/1.8(wide open). The moon provided plenty of light 50 minutes before it eclipsed.


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Observer: Kenneth Stein
Location: Giles County, Virginia
Date: March 24, 1997 04:45 UT

A 5-minute non-tracked exposure, showing the path of the comet in relation to the rotation of the Earth.


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Observers: John Rock, Julie Rock
Location: Harrison Township, Michigan
Date: March 24, 1997 02:20 UT

Image taken with a 10" Meade SCT with Kodak Gold 400 and a 20 second exposure.


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Observer: Michael Warner
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Date: March 24, 1997 03:15 UT

Image of Hale-Bopp Comet taken with Celestron C5+ telescope, CookBook245LDC CCD Camera, 2 second exposure, Post-Processing included sharp filter, power correction and stretching to enhance jets and ripples near the nucleus, the field of view = 18'x13'.


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Observer: Bob Yen
Location: Mojave Desert, California
Date: March 24, 1997 04:38 UT

This is a long telephoto shot, using a 6x7 camera on an AstroPhysics 610mm f6 lens w/field-flattener (Traveler). Taken during totality phase of lunar eclipse (~8:38 pm). Comet is JUST beginning to set below hill-line. The ion tail is barely visible due to heavy atmospheric extinction, but the very bright dust tail still records well. The color also reflects the thick atmospheric condition, i.e. light scattering (yellowish reddish).


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Observer: Luca Vanzella
Location: Gibbons, Alberta, Canada
Date: March 24, 1997 04:50 UT

I took this photo a few minutes after mid-eclipse on the evening of March 23, 1997 during the partial lunar eclipse. Fuji 800 film, 50mm f2.8 lens, 20 second exposure.


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Observer: Debasis Sarkar
Location: Tunglu Top, India
Date: March 24, 1997 06:20 IST

Camera Nicon FE II 50 mm lens at f/2.8 Exposure 6 seconds. Film: Kodak Ultra 400 ASA.


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Observer: Denis Bergeron
Location: Quebec, Canada
Date: March 24, 1997 23:33 UT

Image of nuclei of Hale-Bopp comet taken with a Meade SCT 10" F10 (FL:2500mm). I used a CCD camera SBIG ST6 and a number of 9 images exposed 1 sec were taken. All the 9 images were added and processed by unsharp masking and other processing technics. The blue color of the comet were added to increase the look and are not the real color of Hale-Bopp. The image is very similar as we can see now when you observe Hale-Bopp with a telescope at high magnification.


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Observer: John Pane
Location: Economy, Pennsylvania
Date: March 24, 1997 09:49 UT

35mm SLR camera on a fixed tripod, 50mm lens at f/2.0, Kodak Ektachrome EPH-1600 slide film, 7 second exposure.


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Observer: Kensaku Kitazawa
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Date: March 24, 1997 10:35 UT

Nikon EM, 50mm F1.4 at F2.0, 15 second exposure, Fuji G800A (ISO 800).


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Observer: Kensaku Kitazawa
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Date: March 24, 1997 19:54 UT

Camera: Nikon EM 50mm F1.4 at F2.0. Film: Fuji G800A (ISO 800). Exposure: 15 seconds.


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Observer: Jon Rubin
Location: Aso, Kyushu, Japan
Date: March 24, 1997 20:00 JST

Fujicolor 400ASA with an exposure of about 20 seconds


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Observer: Jon Rubin
Location: Aso, Kyushu, Japan
Date: March 24, 1997 20:00 JST

Fujicolor ASA400 film with about a 20 second exposure for each photo.


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