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Renneke Image of Comet Hale-Bopp

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Observer: David Renneke
Location: Milan Illinois
Date: March 16, 1997 01:36 UT

This is the central part of a picture taken at 7:36 pm CST at a rural Milan site using an 85 mm lens set at f/4 on an SBIG ST-6 CCD camera. This was a 1.8 second exposure. The size of the photo is 3.71 x 2.33 degrees. There was a bright first quarter moon overhead. The comet was very easy to see with the naked eye for an hour and a half - from 6:45 - 8:15 pm. The comet was a distance of 1.33 AU from Earth and 0.958 AU from the Sun. The star at the bottom is Omicron-Andromeda which has a magnitude of 3.6.

David Renneke
dr@helios.augustana.edu


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