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Madill Image of Comet Hale-Bopp


Observer: Alan Madill
Location: Vanderhoof, British Columbia, Canada
Date: March 23, 1997

This photos were taken on the evening of March 23th during the lunar eclipse. The sky conditions were as good as they get. Once again, all photos were taken using Fujichrome Professional 800 ASA film. The combination of the lunar eclipse to the east while the comet glided by M31 to the west was one of the best observing moments that I have ever experienced.

This was the first test of a home-built "barn door" camera mount and I was very pleased with the results. It was also the first time out for a new 50mm, F1.8 lens. I haven't had time to scan many of the prints so for now there is only one large JPG image.

60 second exposure with a 50mm f1.8 lens. Taken when the moon was at about maximum eclipse in very dark and transparent skies. Note M31 just to the left of the head of the comet.

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