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Comet Hale-Bopp Images - March 1997


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Observer: Gary Boyle
Location: Moab, Utah
Date: March 1997

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Observer: Robert Schmidt
Location: Anza, California
Date: March ??, 1997

100 mm telephoto lens piggy backed to my LX-200 with fuji 800 film and a fifteen minute exposure.

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Observer: Dave Bauer
Location: Longmont, Colorado
Date: March 1997

All images taken with a Minolta Maxumm 7000, #6 is using Kodak 1000 at 5.6/40 sec. exposure, and 11 and 14 using Kodak 400 at 5.6/50 sec. exposure.

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Observer: Serge Ernst
Location: Gascony, France
Date: March 1997

Photos of Comet Hale-Bopp taken in March with a Leica.

1 - obj. 60 mm / ouv. 5,6 / 20 seconds.
2 - obj. 60 mm / ouv. 8 / 10 minutes.
3 - obj. 19 mm / ouv. 16 / 20 minutes

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

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.

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Observer: Paolo Candy
Location: Cimini Mountains, Viterbo, Italy
Date: March 1, 1997 03:40 UT

400 mm f/2.8 camera lens Nikkor IF-ED on SP-Dx mount + Deepsky Lumicon filter - Fujicolor NPH400 Prof. film 25 minutes of exposure guiding by C5 on comet nucleus. Clear sky + moonlight.

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Observer: Jeremy Chapple
Location: Bristol, England
Date: March 1, 1997 05:33 UT

Drawings done using binoculars 152/m1000m.

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Observer: Nick James
Location: Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Date: March 1, 1997 05:46 UT

Taken using a 0.30m, f/5.25 Newt. + SX CCD. Both the main image and the inset have been processed using unsharp masks. The images shows structure in both the inner and outer coma with around seven jets and at least five "waves".

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Observer: Robert Wielinga
Location: Public Observatory, Sonnenborgh, The Netherlands
Date: March 1, 1997 05:52:30 UT

In focus of the 261mm/3190mm Merz-refractor of Public Observatory Sonnenborgh. Exposure time was five minutes on Kodak Ektachrome 400X slide film. The field of view is 0.55 by 0.36 degrees corresponding to 1.4 by 0.9 million km. The inset, a 10 sec exposure shot at 05.38 UT, shows the structures in the nucleus. The bright arched cloud has a length of approximately 60.000 km.

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Observer: Robert Wielinga
Location: Public Observatory, Sonnenborgh, The Netherlands
Date: March 1, 1997 06:15-06:30 UT

Drawing made from 185x (17mm Plosl) 261mm Merz-refractor of Public Observatory Sonnenborgh Magnitude (naked eye): + 0.8 (as bright as Altair).

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Observer: Ian Griffin
Location: Astronaut Memorial Planetarium & Observatory, Cocoa, Florida
Date: March 1, 1997 10:16-10:47 UT

First image is a 300 second exposure of Hale Bopp through a narrow band H20+ emission filter (7000.0 nanometers, 22nm FWHM). The image has been processed by subtracting a 10 by 10 median filtered version of itself from 120% of the original image. This brings out the inner structures beautifully. Note that these shell structures are easy to see with the eye! Second image is the original unprocessed 300 second exposure of Hale Bopp taken through a narrow band H20+ emission filter (7000.0 nanometers, 22nm FWHM). The camera head was guided on the motion of the comet, which gives the star trails visible in the picture. Image taken at the prime focus of a 12" Maksutov telescope, using an SBIG ST8 CCD camera, working in medium resolution mode (18 micron pixels) Third image is a 300 second exposure of Hale Bopp through a 12 inch f5 Maksutov telescope, taken using a Lumicon Swann band filter. Image has had a dark frame subtracted, been flat fielded, and then gamma and contrast scaled. A false colour pallate has then been applied. A false colour version of the 300 second exposure made using a Lumicon Swann Band filter.

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Observer: Bob Yen
Location: Mojave Desert, California
Date: March 1, 1997 12:36-13:07 UT

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Observer: Chuck Vaughn
Location: Fremont, California
Date: March 1, 1997 13:10 UT

Telescope: AstroPhysics 130 EDT guided on comet nucleus with an 80mm refractor and ST-4. This is two 5 minute exposures on unhypered Kodak Pro 400 and added in PhotoShop. Clear skies with substantial light pollution and moonlight.

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Observer: Mitsuya Saeki
Location: Kami-cho, Hyogo-pref., Japan
Date: March 1, 1997 19:55 UT

This image of the comet Hale Bopp taken with a 500 mm lens f=5.6, exp ose 12'.

Lens: prime forcus of 3.5" Maksutov telescope(fl=500mm)
Camera: 35mm camera (Nikon FA)
Film: FujiColor 800 Super G
Guiding: Takahashi type-I mount + Vixen motor drive (No tach guiding)
Condition: under moonlight

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Observer: Young-Sik Park
Location: Um-Seong, South Korea
Date: March 1, 1997 20:45-20:50 UT

Image of the Comet Hale-Bopp was taken with 300mm(f/4.5) and film used Fujichrome Provia 400(Positive).

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Observers: Alessandro Dimai, Davide Ghirardo
Location: Col Druscie Observatory, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Date: March 2, 1997

Two images of the comet Hale Bopp taken with a Takahashi 102 mm f/6 (first image), exp. 6' (Kodak Express Gold 400 II hyper.) from Col Druscie Observatory. Second image taken with a 100 mm lens f/2.8. The comet was of magnitude 0.1 with a naked eye visible ion tail of ~12 deg. and a diffuse dust tail of ~5 deg, despite the Moonlight.

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Observers: Tom Jarrett, Nick Gautier
Location: Palomar Observatory, California
Date: March 2, 1997

Narrow band Br-Gamma (2.17 microns) image of Comet Hale-Bopp, taken with the Hale 200" telescope.

upper left panel: 2.5' X 2.5' false-color image centered on the core.
upper right panel: 2.5' X 2.5' false-color image centered on the core; log stretch.
lower left panel: Core of Comet Hale-Bopp magnified X3.
lower right panel: Core of Comet Hale-Bopp magnified X6. Note: Southwest jet-like feature is a star trail.

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Observer: Wil Milan
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Date: March 2, 1997

Taken with a 4" f/5 Tele Vue Genesis apochromatic refractor on a Super Polaris mount, unhypered Kodak PPF400 (400 ASA) film, 4-minute exposure.

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Observer: Alan Davenport
Location: University of Maine Maynard F. Jordan Observatory, Hampden, Maine
Date: March 2, 1997 00:15 UT

A scenic morning image with fixed-mount Canon A1 and 50mm f1.8 on Kodak Ektachrome P1600. 1-minute exposure push-processed +2ev. Scanned and balanced in Adobe Photoshop.

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Observers: Julio Saucedo Morales, Fernando Avila Castro
Location: University of Sonora, Mexico
Date: March 2, 1997 00:19-01:11 UT

First two images are 5 second exposures, Meade 8 + CCD +IR. Third image is a 10 second exposure taken with a 28 mm + CCD.

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Observers: R. Calanca, M. Facchini, F. Manenti
Location: Osservatorio Astronomico di Cavezzo, Italy
Date: March 2, 1997 04:00 UT

The sum of 50 images of 3 seconds of integration time Images taken with the 40 cm telescope and the CCD camera ERG 110 288x384, field: 10'x14'. Larson Sekanina rotational algorithm; 10 degrees and false color.

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Observer: Jan Vesely
Location: Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
Date: March 2, 1997 03:36, 04:09 UT

The first image is taken by 20 cm (8") refractor f/17.5 and CCD camera PixCel 255 (ST-5). It unveils the strange structure in the coma. Field of view is 2.4 x 3.2 arcmin. 3 sec. exposure. The image was log scaled. The second image is taken by photographic lens 2.8/80 with CCD PixCel 255 (ST-5). In the field 103 x 137 arcmin are visible the two tails of Hale-Bopp. The exposure lasted 60 sec. The image was also log scaled.

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Observer: Michael Rieder
Location: Near Zurich, Switzerland
Date: March 2, 1997

Photo:  05:10 - 05:20  on Kodak PPF 400 Film
Camera: Bronica ETRS (MF), 500mm Tele-Lens
        Camera was piggybacked onto my 10" LX-200 SCT

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Observer: Gregor Krannich
Location: Wuenschendorf, Erzgebirge Mountains, Germany
Date: March 2, 1997 04:13 UT

The image was taken with a 200mm f/3.5 lens on AGFA HDC 400-2 film, 4 min exposure time, guided with AS 100/1000 refractor.

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Observer: Herman Mikuz
Location: Crni Vrh Observatory, Slovenia
Date: March 2, 1997 04:18 UT

Wide-field false-color image of comet Hale-Bopp, taken in moonlight conditions on 1997 Mar. 2 with 4/90mm lens, ST-6 CCD and H2O+ filter, centered at 620nm (FWHM=10nm). The field of view is 5.5ox4.1o. North is at the top, east to the left. 5 minute exposure.

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Observer: Toni Scarmato
Location: Calabria, Italy
Date: March 2, 1997 04:20 UT

REFLEX CHINON Ob. 200mm, f/3.5, Exposure 15 sec on Kodak EKTAR 1000 ISO.

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Observers: Salvador Sanchez, Antonio Garcia
Location: Observatorio Astronomico de Mallorca, Costitx, Spain
Date: March 2, 1997 04:23 UT

Color image of Hale-Bopp obtained using a 500mm Maksutov. The field of view covers 60 x 45 arcmin^2.

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Observer: Martin Mutti
Location: Stockerenweg 1, Wichtrach, Switzerland
Date: March 2, 1997 04:29:08-04:44:37 UT

pre> Telescope: Objective Minolta MD Macro F=55mm f/1.7 CCD-Camera: SBIG ST-7 HiRes mode Size: 7.20 x 4.80 IR stop + red, green, blue filter Integrations: red: 1 X 60 sec green: 1 X 90 sec blue: 1 X 300 sec total: 450 sec Image manipulation: dark substract, flat field log enhance + unsharp mask Imaging software: CCDOPS36, PRISM

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Observer: Frank Hochrath
Location: Germany
Date: March 2, 1997 04:50 UT

The image was taken with a ccd-camera and a 500 mm - fotoobjectiv 1:5,6 . The time of exposure was 40 seconds. I subtracted the dark image from the original image.

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Observer: Fred Wehner
Location: Hochstetten, Germany
Date: March 2, 1997 04:50 UT

The 1st image is taken with a Pentax 1:1.4 50mm and 25 sec exposure time.
The 2nd image is taken with a Pentax 1:2.5 200m and 15 sec exposure time.
Both images were made on Scotchchrome 400.

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Observer: Hans Zekl
Location: Germany
Date: March 2, 1997 05:00 UT

Telescope: Refractor, f=910mm, Magnification: 15x. Drawing of the fan-like structure near the head of comet Hale-Bopp. 2 arcs are visible, where the inner one is connected to the comets core by a jet like structure at upper edge of the fan. This jet seems to rotate counterclockwise during the 2 hour observation.

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Observer: Fred Wehner
Location: Hochstetten, Germany
Date: March 2, 1997 5:45 CET

The first two images are taken with a Pentax 1:1.4 50mm on Kodak Tri-X-Pan with 20 sec and 25 sec exposure time
The 3rd and 4th images are taken with a Pentax 1:2.5 200mm on Kodak Tri-X-Pan and 15 sec exp. time. In spite of light pollution (half moon and dust) the Ion-tail was over 10 ° long viewing with a 10×40 binokular.
The visual magnitude of Hale-Bopp in this morning was a little bit brighter than alpha Cygnus (Deneb) ~ 1.0 m

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Observers: Alberto Quijano Vodniza, Jose Alonso
Location: Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Date: March 2, 1997 09:51, 10:14 UT

The first image was taken with a ST-6 CCD camera through a 5 inch, F10 reflector. 15 sec exposure. Rico ( lat 18 N, long 67 W ). The field of view is 23.1 X 17.4 arc min. Image was taken with a ST-6 CCD camera through a 16 inch, F10 reflector. 5 sec exposure. The field of view is 7.3 X 5.5 .

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Observer: Scott Kardel
Location: Lake Afton Public Observatory, Wichita, Kansas
Date: March 2, 1997 11:09 - 12:00 UT

First image taken with a 50 mm lens, ~25 seconds on Kodak Royal Gold 1000 film. Second image taken with a 300 mm lens, 3 minutes (11:09 - 11:12 UT) on Kodak Royal Gold 1000 film.

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Observers: Darin Stephens, Jon Hall
Location: Louisburg, Kansas
Date: March 2, 1997 11:15 UT

The equipment utilized was a 90mm x 450mm Bushnell Telescope and a Canon AE-1 using Fuji 800 Super G Plus film. The image is a one minute guided exposure.

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Observer: Dave Kodama
Location: Anza, California
Date: March 2, 1997 12:00 UT

The first photo is a 7 minute exposure on Kodak Ektachrome Elite II [Image] (ISO 100, unhypered) slide film shot through a Nikkor 135 mm f/3.5 lens wide open. The quarter moon was about 90 degrees away in the sky.

The second photo is a simultaneous f/6 prime focus shot taken using a CG-11 and Ektachrome Elite II. The telescope was guided on the comet, but this comet is not moving very rapidly against the background stars, so not much trailing is visible.

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Observer: Dave Schmahl
Location: Julian, California
Date: March 2, 1997 12:30 UT

Image taken with a 50mm lens, 1000 Kodak Gold film at f/2.6, 25sec exposure, untracked. The second image was a 50mm lens at f2.8, 1000 Kodak Gold, 20 sec exposure, unguided.

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Observer: Wil Milan
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Date: March 2, 1997 12:40 UT

Image was taken through a 4" f/5 Tele Vue Genesis apochromatic refractor, Kodak PPF400 (400 ASA) film, 2 minute exposure.

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