Observers: David Rainbow, Joel Rietema
Location: Visalia, California
Date: April 10, 1997 08:15 UT
e are students at Central Valley Christian High School in Visalia, CA. We borrowed our physics teacher's Canon camera with 50mm lens, loaded with Fuji ISO 400, and headed up a mountain east of Visalia to film comet Hale-Bopp. Arriving at 8:00PM PDT on April 9, we waited....and waited....and waited, but the sky was covered with clouds. Demoralized, we reluctantly headed back down the mountain around 11PM PDT. Rounding a bend, our hearts jumped as we saw the comet peaking from a break in the clouds. We pulled along the side of the road, rested the camera on the hood of our car and shot this picture, counting 40 seconds for the exposure. A policeman stopped and asked us what we were doing. When we told him that we only stopped to take a time exposure of the comet, he shook his head and said, "Now I have heard it all!"
David Rainbow and Joel Rietema
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