Observers: Tom Jarrett, Nick Gautier
Location: Palomar Observatory, California
Date: March 2, 1997
Infrared Astronomy at Palomar Observatory Using the Prime Focus Infrared Camera (PFIRCAM)
In a joint effort between engineers and scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology, a near-infrared (0.8 - 2.6 microns) direct imaging system has been developed and integrated into the Caltech Palomar Observatory detector series. The camera system has been tested and operated in a science mode at the prime-focus (f/3.3) of the Hale 5-m (200") Telescope.
Narrow band Br-Gamma (2.17 microns) image of Comet Hale-Bopp, taken with the Hale 200" telescope March 02, 1997.
upper left panel: 2.5' X 2.5' false-color image centered on the core.
upper right panel: 2.5' X 2.5' false-color image centered on the core; log stretch.
lower left panel: Core of Comet Hale-Bopp magnified X3.
lower right panel: Core of Comet Hale-Bopp magnified X6. Note: Southwest jet-like feature is a star trail. For Additional Information, email:
Tom Jarrett (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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