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Tan Images of Comet Hale-Bopp


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Observers: Loke Kun Tan, Andy Castellano
Location: Red Rock Canyone State Park, California
Date: March 31, 1997 03:10 UT

First image taken with a Celestron/Epoch 8" Schmidt camera.

The second image of Hale-Bopp was taken near Red Rock Canyon, California on March 30th with a Pentax 6x7, 90mm f2.8. You can see the Andromeda galaxy (M31) below the comet. We were experiencing about 25 mph desert winds and I was concerned about the wind effecting the steadiness of my mount while I was guiding. Fortunately, not far off from the dirt road was a dried up river bed with an embankment which was about 10 feet high. We set up in the dried river bed which shaded much of the wind.

Loke Kun Tan

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