Comet Hale-Bopp was a great comet. It was discovered more than a year before it arrived to put on a show for us, so there was plenty of time to get prepared. There was a lot of anticipation as the comet approached, and fortunately for everyone, the comet did not disappoint. Even better, the comet was bright and visible for months. This comet was responsible for selling a lot of amateur telescopes! Everyone wanted to get a view of it while it was here.
This is a photograph taken with a Takahashi FS-128 refractor using a Lumicon deep sky filter and reducer at f5.9. An Olympus OM-1 SLR camera was used with Kodak Super Gold 1000 film. the exposure was made from my backyard in Houston, Texas.
RA: 02h 53m 21.8s Dec: +40d 28' 22"
April 8, 1997
Photo by Sid Leach
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