Observers: Glenn Ray, Dana Christensen Ray
Location: Cleveland, Texas
Date: April 6, 1997 01:58-02:45 UT
First Image Camera: Pentax Super ME (35mm), 50mm f/2.8 Film: Fujichrome 1600D (Provia), pushed 2 stops Exposure: 20 seconds Time: 02:07 UT (20:07 CST) Notes: Unguided; level with horizon. Low clouds visible near bottom of frame Second Image Camera: Pentax Super ME (35mm), 50mm f/2.8 Film: Fujichrome 1600D (Provia), pushed 2 stops Exposure: 60 seconds Time: 02:45 UT (20:45 CST) Notes: Unguided. Third Image Camera: Pentax 645 (4x5), 75mm f/2.8 Film: Kodak Pro 1000 Exposure: 2 minutes Time: 01:58 UT (19:58 CST) Notes: North is right. Note clouds in lower left also appear in first photo; dark patch in lower left is top of a tree. Fourth Image Camera: Pentax 645 (4x5), 200mm f/4 Film: Kodak Pro 1000 Exposure: about 3 minutes Time: Started @ 02:39 UT (20:39 CST) Notes: Obvious plane trail on bottom of image. M34 is visible just above comet's head.
Photos taken from a site approx. 11 miles east of Cleveland, TX (55 miles NNE of Houston). Negatives scanned and loaded into Adobe Photoshop 4.0. Levels adjusted and sharpening applied using unsharp mask.
Visually, dust tail length approximately 11 degrees; ivory in color. Estimated magnitude -0.4 (between Capella and Mars).
Dana and I want to thank Jimmie and Dollie Wood for the gracious use of their land and their wonderful hospitality.
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