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Vanderhoff Image of Comet Hale-Bopp

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Observer: Dewey Vanderhoff
Location: Wyoming
Date: April 26, 1997 03:45 UT

"Miss Comet" Hale-Bopp finally reappeared after four night's absence due to a winter weather spell that pummelled Wyoming. My friend Trish and I were planning on a movie, but ended up doing a comet instead when the sky suddenly cleared off at 9 PM Friday night April 25.

We photographed from the RC model airport a few miles north of Cody , which had the added attraction of being occupied by many dozen black cows and their new calves. We could hear them; they were all around us...but we could not see them in the absence of moonlight. They sang to us... sort of.

Trish agreed to pose for a few cute images, standing at the crux of the two paved runways of the model airport while I lit her with a flashlight from either side and behind during a forty second f/2.8 exposure on Fuji 800 ; Nikon camera and 35mm lens. The atmospheric glow on the right side of the picture could either be auroras , or possibly the light from flaring natural gas wells near Heart Mountain... it was persistent and visible to us, but there are no cities or human light sources in that direction . Taken Friday night April 25 about 9:45 PM- MDT ( 03:45 UT April 26)

Dewey Vanderhoff
deweyv@trib.com


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