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Bergeron Image of Comet Hale-Bopp

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Observer: Denis Bergeron
Location: Quebec, Canada
Date: April 16, 1997 00:45 UT

Images of the Hale-Bopp comet's nucleus were taken on April 16, 1997 at 00h45 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 35 images exposed 1 sec each (Total exposure= 35 sec). All the 35 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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