Observers: Glenn Ray, Lee Ray
Location: Cleveland, Texas
Date: March 21, 1997 11:14-11:30 UT
First Image Camera: Celestron 8", f/5.6 reducer/corrector, prime focus, Hasselblad 503CX body Film: Kodak Pro 1000 Exposure: 90 seconds Time: Started @ 11:14 am UT Notes: North is up. Second Image Camera: Hasselblad 503CX, 65mm f/2.8 Film: Kodak Pro 1000 Exposure: 5 seconds Time: 11:30am UT Notes: Shot of Glenn Ray in silhouette pointing up at comet. Photograph by Lee Ray.
Photos taken from a site approx. 11 miles east of Cleveland, TX (55 miles NNE of Houston). Negatives scanned and loaded into Adobe Photoshop 4.0. Levels adjusted and minor sharpening applied.
Visually, tail length approximately 8 degrees; pale-yellow in color. Estimated magnitude > 0.0 (brighter than Vega). One of the most memorable events during the session was watching both the Milky Way and the comet's tail brighten (and lengthen) just after moonset.
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