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Whiddon Images of Comet Hale-Bopp


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Observers: Bill Whiddon, Nina Whiddon
Location: Red Rock Canyon State Park, California
Date: April 6, 1997 03:48-04:24 UT

1. 0348 UTC 5 mins on Fuji 800 with 105mm f/2.8 Nikon A bright polar-orbiting satellite transits the field. Note M-34, Double Cluster. Copyright 1997 N.T. Whiddon

2. 0401 UTC 2 mins on hypered Fuji 800 with 8 in. f/1.5 Schmidt camera Note meteor left of head - the second meteor captured with this camera in nearly the same location in one week (see image WHI4.JPG). M-34 is on left, NGC-891 is the galaxy at lower right. Copyright 1997 W. B. Whiddon

3. 0424 UTC, 5 mins on Fuji 800 with 50mm Nikon at f/2.8. More than 20 degrees of tail show on original, along with Milky Way, M-34, Double Cluster, and Cassiopeia. Copyright 1997 N.T. Whiddon

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