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Monday, April 21st, 2008
 Well, since it continues to rain off and on [for days now], I am reduced to pulling out old photos.   Stargazing in the Northwest can sometimes be a indoor activity.  LOL
 
Here is a photo I took in 1997 of comet Hale-Bopp.   It was taken from my then front yard in Martinez, CA [San Francisco Bay Area], with my wife's vintage Olympus OM-1, on a tripod, with the shutter wide open and a 10-15 sec exposure on asa 400 Kodak film.   It was on a roll with a bunch of family pictures and was develped and printed by a Walgreens drug store.   I found it in a box of old photos where it had been since 1997, and scanned it on a low rez scanner.
 
I wasn't actively stargazing in those days, but I heard about the comet on the local evening news, went outside and there it was.   Ran and grabbed the camera.....I think I took two shots....figuring it would be a miracle if anything showed up on the film.
 
It's not a great picture, but it is a reasonably close representation of what the comet actually looked like naked eye.   A textbook comet for sure.


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Comet Hale Bopp
   

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Comments:
On 04/25/08 at 02:40pm Barry wrote:
Thanks Neil. Yeh, it's kinda cool. That comet was something to see......really bright. Seeing one like that gives you some idea why ancient people were fearful....it was pretty impressive.

I should have taken a dozen or so shots and bracketed the exposures, but too big of a hurry to do it right. I got lucky! Glad I caught it on film.....it just may be the brightest one I see in my lifetime.

On 04/25/08 at 04:19am Neil Heacock wrote:
Hey Barry, this is a great shot. This 11 year old astrophotograph before you were actually into it? Awesome! Man I wish I would have seen this. I was simply not paying attention at the time.

-Neil



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