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Limber Observatory Image of Comet Hale-Bopp

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Observer: David McDavid
Location: Limber Observatory, Pipe Creek, Texas
Date: April 30, 1997 02:45-02:50 UT

his picture of Comet Hale-Bopp is the average of six 30 s exposures through a red (Cousins R) filter and a polarizer with a Photometrics CCD camera (Thomson 512 chip) on the 0.4 m telescope at Limber Observatory, taken between 02:45 and 02:50 UT on April 30, 1997. North is up and east is left, and the field of view is about 7 arcmin square.

The image has been lightly unsharp masked to bring out the "hoods" around the nucleus. Barely visible is also what appears to be a narrow wedge-shaped shadow extending away from the region of the nucleus in the direction opposite to the Sun.

David McDavid
mcdavid@bongo.limber.org


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