Observer: Wally Pacholka
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California
Date: March 7, 1997 13:00 UT
Comet Hale-Bopp gracing the dark desert nite sky of Joshua Tree National Park on the morning of March 7, 1997 at 5AM. Photo taken with Kodak Pro 400 film using 135mm lens at f/2 mounted piggyback and hand guided for 10 minutes on top of an old Tasco 2.4 inch refractor. Tracking the moving comet against the fixed foreground caused the nearby rocks to cast a shadow against the sky. The rocks in the foreground were lite up by a small flashlight to add depth to the picture and enable the viewer to get a glimpse of what the comet truly looked like as if rose in all its glory in this magnificent setting. As the psalmist says in Psalm 19:1 " The Heavens Declare the Glory of God".
(c) 1997 Wally Pacholka of Long Beach. Comments are welcome to wally@AstroPics.com.
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