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Whiddon Image of Comet Hale-Bopp


Observer: Bill Whiddon
Location: Red Rock Canyon State Park, California
Date: March 9, 1997 12:15 UT

A 10 min exposure on Fuji 800 with a 300mm f/4 from near Red Rock Canyon State Park, Ca. I forgot a critical part for the Schmidt camera, so I just shot with the telephoto. NO PROBLEM - the comet is that bright! The dust tail shows three synchrones and on the original there are hints of two syndynames. Such nice dust tail features have not been seen since Comet West in 1976.

Copyright 1997 W. B. Whiddon

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