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Schmahl Images of Comet Hale-Bopp

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Observer: Dave Schmahl
Location: Highway 79, Julian, California
Date: May 4, 1997 04:10 UT

50mm lens at f1.7, 1000 Kodak Gold, 20 sec exposure, unguided. Just as the comet was setting, it appeared behind the clouds. The passing cars provided light for the foreground. The ion tail is just visible as streaks of blue. At f1.7 the spherical abberation of the camera lens spreads the stars out into arcs.

Dave Schmahl
dschmahl@cts.com


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