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Hutchinson Images of Comet Hale-Bopp


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Observer: Bill Hutchinson
Location: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska
Date: March 1, 1997

No CCD images here or tracking telescope shots. I'm just a back yard photographer with Nikon N90 and N2020 35mm cameras, a few lenses, a tripod and a home made Haig equatorial mount. Anyone can take shots like these, if a comet is nearby :-).

First image shot on Saturday morning March 1st demonstrates the distinct difference between the upper ion tail and the lower dust tail of Hale-Bopp. You can see the North American Nebula in upper left corner just below Deneb. Nikon N90 50mm f2, 2 minute exposure on Haig mount. Kodak Ektachrome 400X.

Second image shot with a Nikon N90 50mm f2, 20 seconds on Kodak Ektachrome 400X. Bill Hutchinson My own comet images at the url below are all taken over the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge outside Soldotna, Alaska.

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