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Comet Hale-Bopp Observed In Daylight

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Comet Hale-Bopp is about magnitude 1.2, according to my estimate this morning. It was even visible by day. Through a telescope, of course. After several cloudy nights I took some images of the comet, and then I let the 8" f/17.5 refractor (on which the telephoto lens with the CCD was piggybacked) to track the comet. Around sunrise, 7 o'clock local time, the core of the comet was still visible through refractor with 25 mm eyepiece (140x). About 30 minutes after the sunrise the comet definitely disappeared. With roughly estimated magnitude of the core about +2 mag., which will probably brighten next days, it should not be a problem to find and observe Hale-Bopp by day through telescopes larger then 8", if you have a perfectly polar-aligned mount (clear sky is also needed).

Jan Vesely
Observatory and planetarium
Hradec Kralove
Czech Republic
E-mail: planethk@planethk.anet.cz comethome.gif Comet Hale-Bopp Home Page

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