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Stafford/Brown Image of Comet Hale-Bopp


Observers: Mark Stafford, Kay Brown
Location: Arma, Kansas
Date: May 7, 1997 02:00 UT

Photo taken by Mark Stafford and Kay Brown before a thunderstorm hits Arma, KS on 6 May 1997. Taken at ~9:00 pm CDT using a Canon EOS 35mm camera with a 80-200mm lens at 135mm, 30 sec exposure, tripod mounted with no tracking. We were under a tornado watch and got hammered later. We thought the cloud in this picture looked a hand reaching out to protect the comet from the storm, as if it needed it. Photo taken through clouds, magnitude and tail estimates not viable.

Mark Stafford

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