Friday, February 04, 2005

Comet C/1995 O1 - Hale-Bopp

Comet C/1995 O1 Hale-BoppDid you get a good look at Comet Hale-Bopp back in 1997? I mounted my Nikon 35mm film camera with a 70mm lens on top of my telescope -- it's called "piggybacking" -- and used the clock drive on the telescope scope mount to compensate for the rotation of the Earth while I kept the shutter open for four minutes to get this picture. Our Great Metropolitan Newspaper liked it so much they put it on the front page, in color. Image copyright 2005, Robert Jones

-- Dalton Hammond

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