Observers: Glenn Ray, Richard Bannerman, Craig Bannerman
Location: Cleveland, Texas
Date: March 6, 1997 11:03-12:02 UT
First Image Camera: Pentax 645 (4x5), 200mm f/4 Film: Kodak Pro 1000 Exposure: 5 minutes (piggy-backed on C-8) Time: Started @ 11:03am UT Notes: North is left. North American nebula barely visible in upper left corner. Second Image Camera: Celestron 8", f/5.6 reducer/corrector, prime focus Film: Fujichrome (Provia) 1600 (P +2) Exposure: 60 seconds Time: 11:47am UT Notes: North is up. Bluish hue likely from twilight (began around 5:35am locally) Third Image Camera: Pentax 645 (4x5) 75mm f/2.8 Film: Kodak Pro 1000 Exposure: 2 seconds Time: 12:02 UT Notes: Camera piggy-backed on C-8 (angled @ 30 deg.)
Photos taken from a site approx. 11 miles east of Cleveland, TX (55 miles NNE of Houston). Negatives/transparency scanned and loaded into Adobe Photoshop 4.0. Levels adjusted and sharpening applied.
Visually, tail length approximately 5 degrees; pale-yellow in color. Estimated magnitude 0.5 (brighter than Altair). This comet seems brighter than my memory of Comet West (but, in 1976, I was viewing in Houston, towards the city).
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