Comet Hale-Bopp

Comet Hale-Bopp imaged on 5/4/97 from southern France. Exposure was 10 mins on gas hypersensitised Kodak Ektapress Multispeed PJM-2 using an (antiquated) Mamiya Sekor 135mm f/2.8 lens (at f/2.8) on a Pentax body. The camera was piggybacked on an LX200 and was guided by the telescope drive.

Five days past perihelion, Hale-Bopp was in Andromeda close by the border with Perseus. Open cluster M34 (Perseus) can be seen to the left of the coma and Almaak (Andromeda) is the bright star on the extreme right of the frame.





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