Observer: Wolf Read
Location: Usal Beach, California
Date: March 23, 1997
Durng the lunar eclipse of March 23, 1997, Wolf took the following shot of comet Hale-Bopp, from remote Usal Beach on the North California coast.
The shot was taken with an old Minolta Maxxum 9000 35mm SLR camera, using a Sigma 35-80mm/f4-5.6 zoom lens set at 80mm and f/5.6. The exposure time was 30 seconds using Kodak ASA1000 film.
The bluish ion tail was visible to the naked eye, stretching into Cassiopeia (the three bright stars making a triangle in the upper right hand corner are the "lower" part of the 'W'). This photograph captured the extent of what could be seen on that night very well, with little exaggeration. To the naked eye the tails were more dim, with the ion tail looking like a flashlight beam cutting through a thin fog (the differences in color between the two tails could not be discerned).
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