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Bergeron Images of Comet Hale-Bopp

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Observer: Denis Bergeron
Location: Quebec, Canada
Date: April 15, 1997 01:00 UT

Images of the Hale-Bopp comet's nuclei were taken on April 15, 1997 at 01h00 UT by me, Denis Bergeron (Quebec, Canada) with a Meade SCT 10" F10 (FL:2500mm). I used a CCD camera SBIG ST6 and have taken 66 images exposed 1 sec each (Total exposure= 66 sec). All the 66 images were added and processed by unsharp masking and other processing technics. The blue color was added to increase the appearance of the comet and is not the real color of Hale-Bopp. The image is very similar to what we can see now when we observe Hale-Bopp with a telescope at high magnification. Take a note about the spiral form of the jet near the false nuclei. The streak in the images is caused by a star trail in the sky due to the comet movement. All images were added (AVERAGE) with the comet in registration.

Denis Bergeron
bergeron@achilles.net


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