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Comet Hale-Bopp Images - March 1997

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Observer: Jose-Luis Ortiz
Location: Observatorio de Sierra Nevada, Granada, Spain
Date: March 17, 1997

Image taken through a f/5.4 300mm lens + 1024 x 1024 CCD.


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Observer: Michael Mirjahangir
Location: Huntington Beach, California
Date: March 17, 1997

20 sec. at f/1.9 guided used 50mm lens and Fuji 400 speed film.


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Observer: Alberto Quijano Vodniza
Location: Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Date: February 20, 1997 - March 19, 1997

RGB Images were taken with a ST-6 CCD camera through a 5 inch. telescope.


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Observer: Bengt Ask
Location: Svalov, Sweden
Date: March 17, 1997 01:50-03:35 UT

These images were obtained using Fuji Super G 800 Plus film. The first picture was taken using a 50 mm lens stopped down to somewhere between f/2,8 and f/4 in order to reduce the effects of lens aberrations. Exposure time 8 minutes. Picture number two was shot with a short telephoto lens (f=3D135 mm) stopped down one step to f/4. The film was exposed to the light from the comet for 12 minutes. The third image was taken just before the sunlight started to interfere with my photo session. For this reason the exposure time was limited to 6 minutes and the 400 mm lens was used wide open at = f/5.6.


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Observers: Alessandro Dimai, Renzo Volcan
Location: Col Druscie Observatory, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Date: March 17, 1997 03:50 UT

Image taken with a Takahashi 102 mm f/6 and kodak Pro gold 400 hiper, 5' exp.


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Observer: Josep Trigo
Location: Benicassim (Castellon), Spain
Date: March 17, 1997 04:47:44-04:49:00 UT

(T) 173/1050 mm in focus.


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Observer: Siebren Klein
Location: Eindhoven, Portugal
Date: March 17, 1997 05:20 UT

Exposed with 400 mm f/5.6 for 26 min; guiding by eye on the nucleus @55x.


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Observer: Josep Trigo
Location: Benicassim (Castellon), Spain
Date: March 17, 1997 05:30 UT

Drawing made with (T) 173/1050mm.


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Observers: Yvan Bourassa, Dominique Beauchamp
Location: Observatoire Alphonse-Tardif, St-Neree, Quebec, Canada
Date: March 17, 1997 08:30-09:30 UT

Mosaic of comet Hale-Bopp composed of three images. We used a Schmidt camera and PPF ISO 400 for our three 1.5 min. exposures.


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Observers: Alberto Quijano Vodniza, Jose Alonso
Location: Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Date: March 17, 1997 09:36, 09:53 UT

First image was taken with a ST-6 CCD camera through a 5 inch, F10 reflector. 15 sec exposure. The field of view is 23.1 X 17.4 arc min. The second image was taken with a ST-6 CCD camera through a 16 inch, F10 reflector. 5 sec exposure. The field of view is 7.3 X 5.5 arc min.


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Location: Detroit, Michigan
Date: March 19, 1997 09:47-10:38 UT

1. [2 min] 70mm lens at f/2.8 [fuji 800 +] 9:47ut

2. [4 min] prime focus of 10"sct at f/4.0 [fuji 800+] 10:05ut (three views enhanced)

3. [1 min] prime focus of 10"sct at f/4.0 [gold 400] 10:38ut

4. [2min] 35mm lens at f/2.8 [fuji 800+] 10:00ut


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Observer: Ian Griffin
Location: Astronaut Memorial Planetarium & Observatory, Cocoa, Florida
Date: March 17, 1997 10:09-10:44 UT

First image is a 60 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 with a blue filter. Second image is a 200 second exposure, taken with a 12 inch f5 telescope, through a blue filter. SBIG ST8 CCD Camera working in medium resolution mode was used to take this picture. Third image is a false colour version of the 2nd image. Fourth image is a 10 second exposure of comet Hale Bopp through a blue filter has been processed to reveal structure in the inner coma.


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Observers: Alex Wurden, Glen Wurden
Location: Los Alamos, New Mexico
Date: March 17, 1997 11:21, 11:35 UT

We used an Olympus 300 mm f4.5 lens, ASA 400 Kodak PPF film, guided for a 10-minute exposure on the comet head. Also, Comet Hale-Bopp using a smaller Olympus 135 mm lens at f4, for a 10 minute exposure, starting at 4:35 AM, which shows more of the tail.


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Observer: Jim Young
Location: Table Mountain Observatory, Wrightwood, California
Date: March 17, 1997 12:14-12:22 UT

An 8 minute exposure using a 250mm telephoto lens mounted on a 35mm camera at f/4, using Kodak Ektachrome professional 1600 ASA film.


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Observer: Bill Hutchinson
Location: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska
Date: March 17, 1997 13:00 UT

This long exposure shows the richness of the Milky Way as Hale-Bopp moves ever closer to Andromeda and Cassiopeia. Nikon N2020 50mm at f2.0, 4 minute exposure on Kodak Royal Gold 1000 using the Haig mount.


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Observer: Martin Mutti
Location: Stockerenweg 1, Wichtrach, Switzerland
Date: March 17, 1997 19:02-19:06 UT

Telescope:              Schmidt-Cassegrain 2m / f10
CCD-Camera:             SBIG ST-7 HiRes mode
Size:                   ca. 11' x 7.6'
                        IR stop + red, green, blue filter
Integrations:           red:    1 X 15 sec
                        green:  1 X 22.5 sec
                        blue:   1 X 75 sec
                        total:  112.5 sec
Image manipulation:     dark substract
                        log enhance
Imaging software:       CCDOPS36, PRISM

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Observer: Mitsuya Saeki
Location: Kami-cho, Hyogo-pref., Japan
Date: March 17, 1997 19:42 UT

Lens: Tokina 300mm f=2.8 (close f=3)
Film: Fuji-Color 800 SGA(35mm Film)
Guiding: Takahashi type-I mount

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Observer: Astronomy Class (Students - Age 16-18)
Location: Sonderborg Observatory, Denmark
Date: March 17, 1997 20:13:35-20:18:35 UT

300 Sec photo, Fuji HG800 Press, 5" APO f9 mounted Piggyback on user retrained 16" SCT Meade, handguided.


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Observers: Robert Mulhall, Edward Eagleton
Location: Rakeevan, Bailieborough, County Cavan, Ireland
Date: March 17, 1997 20:15

Camera type : Praktica MTL50
Film : Kodak gold 400 asa.
Exposure time : 2 minutes


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Observer: Young-Sik Park
Location: Um-Seong, South Korea
Date: March 17, 1997 20:17-20:39 UT

Images of the Comet Hale-Bopp was taken by Pentax 50mm (f/2) and film used Fujichrome Provia 400 (Positive).


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Observer: Frans Frenken
Location: At Goes, The Netherlands
Date: March 17, 1997 20:25 UT

First image: Nikon FM 1.4/50mm, 25 seconds, Fuji 800 SG. Second image: Nikon FM 3.5/70mm, 25 seconds, Fuji 800 SG.


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Observer: Young-Sik Park
Location: Um-Seong, South Korea
Date: March 17, 1997 20:30-20:45 UT

Drawing made using a 6"(f/10) Maksutov 10mm eyepiece(150X).


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Observer: Gregory Terrance
Location: Lima, New York
Date: March 18, 1997

First image: 200mm Olympus lens at f4, 360 sec, IMG1300 CCD.
Second image: Astro-Physics 4" f6, 60 sec, IMG1300 CCD.


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Observer: Richard J. Wainscoat
Location: Makapuu beach, Oahu, Hawaii
Date: March 18, 1997

This photograph of Comet Hale-Bopp was taken with a 300mm lens and a 35mm camera. The field of view is of approximately 7 degrees, roughly the same area you view when looking at the comet through a pair of binoculars. The photo was taken during morning twilight from Makapuu beach, Oahu, Hawaii. The dark area in the bottom left corner is a cloud.


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Observer: JJ Whittington
Location: Highway 260 Near Payson, Arizona
Date: March 18, 1997

Camera: Pentax MX with 50mm f/1.7 lens. Film: Kodak Ektapress 1600 Plus. Comet seen just above trees as the sun begins to give a hint of its coming on the horizon.


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Observer: Michael Mirjahangir
Location: Huntington Beach, California
Date: March 18, 1997

30 sec at f/1.9 guided used 50mm lens and Fuji 400 speed film.


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Observer: Timothy Cotton
Location: ???
Date: March 19, 1997 00:45 UT

Taken with an Nikon F, Kodacolor Gold, ASA 200, f8, 35sec.


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Observer: James C. Wallace II
Location: Terre Haute, Indiana
Date: March 18, 1997 01:10-01:22 UT

All images taken in Terre Haute, IN using a 35mm tri-pod mounted camera, a 28mm-85mm zoom lens, Fujicolor HG1600 ASA film at 30 second exposures.


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Observer: Doug Berry
Location: Defiance, Ohio
Date: March 18, 1997 02:01 UT

Nikkor 50mmf/1.4 Fuji SuperG 800 Plus film, 45 second exposure, fixed tripod. Waning gibbous Moon illuminates landscape and sky.


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Observer: Jan Vesely
Location: Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
Date: March 18, 1997 02:54-03:49 UT

First image is mosaic of two 60 sec. exposures taken by photographic lens 2.8/50 with CCD camera PixCel 255. The images were log-scaled and brightness-contrast balanced before co-adding.

The second image is tri-color exposure by CCD camera PixCel 255 and photographic lens 2.8/50. Red exposure started on March 18, 1997 at 03:20:10 UT and lasted 120 sec. The green exposure is 1.5x longer and the blue exposure is 2x longer then red one.

Third image is taken by photographic lens 4/300 and CCD camera PixCel 255. 30 s exposure started on March 18, 1997 at 03:48:47 UT. The image was log-scaled.


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Observer: Henrik Persson
Location: Denmark
Date: March 18, 1997 02:58, 03:40 UT

First image: 1 sec. exposure, Pictor 416 through 10" f/10 LX200 with f/6.3 focal reducer. Processed to reveal details in coma. The tail is not visible in this representation, but points upwards.

Second image: 90 sec. exposure, Pictor 416 with 55mm camera lens plus extension ring mounted on LX200 for tracking. Ugly blooming effect has been removed below coma. Fuzzy object near bright star between tails is an artifact - probably a reflection.


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Observers: Konrad Horn, Gerhard Neumann
Location: Germany
Date: March 18, 1997 03:16-03:28 UT

Image taken with a 177/300 Schmidtcamera on TP2415 hyp.


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Observer: Paolo Candy
Location: Cimini Mountains, Viterbo, Italy
Date: March 18, 1997 03:20 UT

400 mm f/2.8 camera lens Nikkor IF-ED (6inch triplet) on Losmandy mount + Deepsky Lumicon filter - Fujicolor NPH 400 Prof. FIRST IMAGE (normal): 32 minutes of exposure. SECOND IMAGE (solarized): 7 minutes of exposure.


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Observer: Paolo Candy
Location: Cimini Mountains, Viterbo, Italy
Date: March 18, 1997 03:50 UT

180 mm f/2.8 camera lens Nikkor AF-ED on Losmandy mount=20 + Deepsky Lumicon filter - Kodak Ektapress Gold II 400 Prof-PJB 30 minutes of exposure, guiding by C5 on comet nucleus. Very clear sky.


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Observer: Martin Mutti
Location: Stockerenweg 1, Wichtrach, Switzerland
Date: March 18, 1997 04:09:17-04:20:18 UT

Telescope:              Objective Minolta F=55mm f/1.7
CCD-Camera:             SBIG ST-7 HiRes mode
Size:                   7.20 x 4.80
                        IR stop + red, green, blue filter
Integrations:           red:    1 X 30 sec
                        green:  1 X 45 sec
                        blue:   1 X 150 sec
                        total:  225 sec
Image manipulation:     dark substract, flat field
                        Imaging software:       CCDOPS36, PRISM

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Observer: Seibren Klein
Location: Eindhoven, Portugal
Date: March 18, 1997 04:30 UT

50 mm f/2, 60 second exposure.


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Observers: Salvador Sanchez, Antonio Garcia
Location: Observatorio Astronomico de Mallorca, Costitx, Spain
Date: March 18, 1997 05:26-05:28 UT

These 0.1 sec exposure images obtained with the C14 (35cm diameter) telescope at f/11 and an ST-6 CCD camera and the CWF-8 color filter wheel using the red, green and Blue filters.


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Observers: Alberto Quijano Vodniza, Jose Alonso
Location: Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Date: March 18, 1997 09:39, 09:54 UT

First image was taken with a ST-6 CCD camera through a 5 inch, F10 reflector. 15 sec exposure. The field of view is 23.1 X 17.4 arc min. The second image was taken with a ST-6 CCD camera through a 16 inch, F10 reflector. 5 sec exposure. The field of view is 7.3 X 5.5 arc min.


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Observers: Alberto Quijano Vodniza, Luis M. Quinones
Location: Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Date: March 18, 1997 09:40:00 UT

The image was taken with a Canon camera with zoom : 200 mm., 1:4 . Film : 1000 speed, Kodak Royald Gold. 180 sec exposure.


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Observer: Gregory Mosher
Location: Honeoye, New York
Date: March 18, 1997 10:30 UT

Taken with an Olympus OM-2n SLR with a 50mm lens. Exposure was f/1.8 for 32 seconds on Kodak Gold 400 film. Notice the satellite or meteor streak at the lower left corner of the image.


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Observer: Ralph Pass
Location: Massachussetts
Date: March 18, 1997 11:53 UT

The image is a 10 second image taken with a Meade Pictor 416 and a 28mm F/3.5 lens. The lens was hand held. There were clouds moving into the area and some of them can be seen in the image.


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Observer: James Graves
Location: California
Date: March 18, 1997 12:33-12:35 UT

Approx. 25 degrees field of view (horizontal) 50mm lens - approx. 80 percent of full frame shown here. Fujicolor 800 w/ special processing, effective speed 3000. exposure: 2 min 40 sec at f/2.0 - no filtration


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Observer: Steve Kaplanski
Location: Forty Hill, London, England
Date: March 18, 1997 18:45 UT

The camera was set at 30 second exposure time.


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Observer: Nick James
Location: Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Date: March 18, 1997 19:26 UT

20x2s, 0.30m, f5/25.


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Observers: Salvador Sanchez, Antonio Garcia
Location: Observatorio Astronomico de Mallorca, Costitx, Spain
Date: March 18, 1997 19:27-19:29 UT

These 10 sec exposure images obtained with the C14 (35cm diameter) telescope at f/11 and an ST-6 CCD camera and the CWF-8 color filter wheel using the red, green and Blue filters. The bottom two images are composites of the top three (R, G, B) images.


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Observer: Yves Dodet
Location: Monnaie de Paris, Paris, France
Date: March 18, 1997 20:30 UT

telescope : Celestron 8 ultima
CCD       : Meade Pictor 416
exposure  : 1 s
software  : Meade epoch 2000ip

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Observer: Denis Bergeron
Location: Quebec, Canada
Date: March 18, 1997 23:45 UT

Image of nuclei of Hale-Bopp comet taken with a Meade SCT 10" F10 (FL:2500mm). I use a CCD camera SBIG ST6 and a number of 45 images exposed 1 sec were taken. All the 45 images were added and processed by unsharp masking. The blue color of the comet were added to increase the look and are not the real color of Hale-Bopp.


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