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Comet 1996 B2 Hyakutake Images
March 11-14, 1996


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Observers: Alessandro Dimai, Giuseppe Menardi
Location: Col Druscie Observatory, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Date: March 11, 1996 03:50 UT

Mosaic of two images of 120" with newton 0,5 m CCD Hi Sis 22.

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Observer: Antonio Jose Cidadao
Location: Oeiras, Portugal
Date: March 11, 1996 04:01 UT

Image taken with a Schmidt-Cassegrin, Mead LX200, 10", f/10. 3840 second exposure. Image processed with CCDOPS and Photoshop.

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Observers: Tim Puckett
Location: Villa Rica, Georgia
Date: March 11, 1996 06:36 UT

This image of 1996b2 was obtained with a 30 cm reflector working at f/7.3 This is a 300 second exposures made with the ST6 camera. The comet was tracked with a new computerized drive system on the comet nucleus. North is up , field is 13.5 x 9.5 minutes

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Observers: Fulvio Romano, Igor Dalle Molle, Mauro Rostagno, Gottfried Cagnasso
Location: Cuneo Observatory, Italy
Date: March 11, 1996 11:35 UT

20 second exposure with C/11 and ST6.

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Observers: Adolfo Cabral, Javier Pompa
Location: University of Sonora, Mexico
Date: March 11, 1996 11:43 UT

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Observer: David McDavid
Location: Limber Observatory, Pipe Creek, Texas
Date: March 11, 1996 11:53 UT

North is up, east is left and the field of view is about 10 arcmin square. This false-color image is a composite of four 100-s exposures with an SBIG Model ST-4 CCD camera mounted on a 4-inch f/10 Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. The camera and telescope combination is attached to the 0.4-m telescope.

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Observers: Adam Block
Location: Steward Observatory, Arizona
Date: March 11, 1996

Image taken with 21 in reflector with ST6 camera.

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Observer: David Hanon
Location: Ringgold, Georgia
Date: March 12, 1996 04:45 UT

This image was taken with a 300mm f/2.8 lens and SBIG ST-8 ccd camera. The image scale is 2.57 deg x 1.72 deg. The tail of the comet can be traced at least 2 deg.

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Observers: Jay Edwards, James Eggleston
Location: Vestal, New York
Date: March 12, 1996 06:28 UT, 10:04 UT

The first image is "track & accumulate" of 10 sixty second images at prime focus thru an 80MM Lumicon (f/3.75), and the second image is another "track & accumulate" of 5 sixty second images at prime focus thru a 20 inch Ritchey-Chretien (f/8.1). Both were done using an ST-6 CCD.

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Observer: Denis Bergeron
Location: Val-des-bois, Quebec, Canada
Date: March 12, 1996 09:38 UT

All images were exposed 30 sec and 20 images were added to do the JPEG image. A thinn tail in 4 O`clock position (right side). The comet goes directly north. Images taken Meade SCT 10" LX-200 telescope and a CCD camera SBIG ST-6 at F5 prime focus (telecompressor lens).

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Observer: Joe Eiers
Location: Sacramento, California
Date: March 12, 1996 12:45 UT

Sketch drawn using a 10" F/6 Reflector, 9mm Nagler - naked eye limiting Magnitude= 4.3

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Observers: Jochen Rink, Kim Brownlee, Jan Schaeffner
Location: Pearson International College Observatory, Victoria, Canada
Date: March 13, 1996 04:00 UT

Tail and water-droplet shape is noticeable in the false-color image. Using 12" Schmidt-Cassegrain Meade Telescope and ST-6 CCD camera

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Observer: Manuel Lopez Alvarez
Location: Observatorio Acrux, Argentina
Date: March 13, 1996 04:30 UT

Image taken with a 8" Schmidt camera.

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Observer: Jerry Lodriguss
Location: Chatsworth, New Jersey
Date: March 13, 1996 06:15 UT

Taken with an Astro Physic's Starfire 130 EDT triplet refractor at f/6. This image is from a single 30 minute exposure on gas-hypersensitized Fujicolor Super G 800 PLUS. The original negative was scanned and digitally enhanced to produce the image seen here. The exposure was automatically guided with an SBIG ST-4 autoguider on a Losmandy GM 100 EQ mount.

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Observers: Tim Puckett
Location: Villa Rica, Georgia
Date: March 13, 1996 06:37 UT

This image was obtained with a 30 cm reflector working at f/7.3 This is a 300 second exposures made with the ST6 camera. North is up, field is 13.5 x 9.5 minutes. Image is processed to bring out the jets around the nucleus...

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Observers: R.M. Escalante, Adolfo Cabral Porchas, H. Pineda Leon
Location: University of Sonora, Mexico
Date: March 13, 1996 09:28 UT

60 second exposure.

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Observer: Jack Newton
Location: Canada
Date: March 13, 1996 10:00 UT

Images taken with 7" Meade refractor 5 min f9 Pictor 1616ccd The second Image was taken with my 300mm f2.8 4min. exp. The third is the same with the blooming crudely removed.

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Observer: Martin George
Location: Underwood, Tasmania, Australia
Date: March 13, 1996 12:13 UT

The photograph was taken on Tri-x film and exposed for 40 minutes at f/4 with a 200mm lens.

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Observer: Masami Ohkuma
Location: Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan
Date: March 13, 1996 15:05-17:38 UT

Images taken with 100mm, 300mm + Lynxx.

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Observers: N. Tokimasa, S. Narusawa
Location: Nishi-Harima Astronomical Observatory, Japan
Date: March 13,1996 15:36 UT 35cm schmidt cassegrain telescope (Celestron) + SBIG ST-6 (no filter). 100 second exposure.

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Observer: Bill Almond
Location: Victoria, Canada
Date: March 13, 1996

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Observer: Terry McLean
Location: Burnaby, B.C., Canada
Date: March 13, 1996 12:30 UT

Image taken with homemade 32cm f/14.4 Dall-Kirkham at prime focus. Imaging was done using a CB245 camera, exposure is 60 seconds.

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Observer: Peter Staettmayer
Location: Herrsching at the Ammersee, Bavaria
Date: March 14, 1996 01:45

This photo of Comet Hyakutake with tails is the first to be obtained from the territory of Bavaria. It was made by Peter Staettmayer, Director of the Munich Public Observatory (Volkssternwarte) from his private observatory in Herrsching at the Ammersee, some 30 km southwest of Munich. The aperture of the telescope was 20 cm and the focal length 76 cm. The exposure lasted 20 min. The emulsion was Kodak Technical Pan. The largest diameter of the field shown here is about 80 arcmin.

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Observer: David Lane
Location: Maktomkus Observatory, Avonport, Nova Scotia
Date: March 14, 1996 05:15 UT

An image taken with a 4" f/5 Tele-Vue Genesis refractor for 8 minutes using Kodak Royal Gold 1000 print film.

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Observer: David Hanon
Location: Ringgold, Georgia
Date: March 14, 1996 05:53 UT

This image is the result of (20) 30 second exposures with a 300mm f/2.8 lens and an ST-8 ccd camera. Several fine lines in the tail are visible near the coma as well as a couple of disconnection events further out in the tail.

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Observer: Guido Pizarro
Location: European Southern Observatory, La Silla, Chile
Date: March 14, 1996 06:00 UT

There is now no doubt that Comet Hyakutake - as hoped - is developing into a major object! Image obtained with the 1-metre Schmidt telescope. The exposure was made on sensitized Kodak 4415 film behind a GG385 filtre. Exposure lasted 26 min. North is up and East is to the left.

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Observer: Scott Fisher
Location: Santa Rosa, California
Date: March 14, 1996 09:21 UT

Image taken with a JMI NGT-18 f4.0 reflector and an SBIG ST-6 CCD with high water vapor (close to foggy) skies using track and accumulate.

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Observer: Richard Berry
Location: ??
Date: March 14, 1996 10:28 UT - 12:01 UT

Cookbook 245 CCD, 6 inch f/5 Newtonian. Rank median processing.

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Observers: Adolfo Cabral Porchas, R.M. Escalante, H. Pineda Leon
Location: University of Sonora, Mexico
Date: March 14, 1996 12:25 UT

120 second exposure.

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Observer: David Balam
Location: University of Victoria Climenhaga Observatory, Canada
Date: March 14, 1996

Images taken with 20" telecope.

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Observers: Alessandro Dimai, Alfonso Pocchiesa
Location: Col Druscie Observatory, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Date: March 14, 1996

These are a mosaic of two images of 120" with newton 0,5 m. CCD Hi Sis 22. The magnitude of the comet was 3,8 with a coma of 20' or more. The second image is an enlargement of the nuclear region; its plasma tail is easily visible.

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Observers: Jesse Anderson, Bob Aslanian, Ed Frederick
Location: New England Science Center, Worcester, Massachussetts
Date: March 14, 1996

Image obtained with a ST-6 CCD camera. 30 Second Exposure through a 7" Meade Refractor. Taken shortly after midnight. At this time observing conditions at our site were deteriorating rapidly, with frost starting to form on the objective of thetelescope.

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