Updated 04 April 2009

Amateur Astronomer's Notebook


Hale Bopp Photo Gallery


Introduction:

This page contains various shots of the magnificent comet Hale-Bopp of 1997. I recently did re-processing of old negatives that I had in storage (I had taken 19 rolls of film shots during the time this comet was around). Most of my previous on-line photos of this comet were scans of film prints (not as good as what can be done with scans of the actual film). These newly re-processed shots are larger format and far better quality than most of the previous photos I had posted. I hope to locate and process more archival images as time allows. The largest problem with scanning film (and slides) is dust and scratches. Getting all of the dust off of a negative (or slide) is nearly impossible and removing these from the images can be a painstaking process!




Comet Hale-Bopp, 13 March 1997

This is a 30 second fixed tripod shot taken outside my house at Oakdale CT. I remember being very cold taking this and other shots on this morning!



Comet Hale-Bopp, 2 April 1997

Here's a shot of Hale-Bopp taken through a 135mm F2.5 lens. This photo was take from Blandford, MA (very dark skies to the east). Note the blackness of the background sky in this shot compared to many of the others presented here. Exact details for this shot are not known but it is probably about a 5 minute exposure on 400 speed film. The camera was guided by a Celestron CG-11 scope.



Comet Hale-Bopp, 4 April 1997

This shot of Hale Bopp was taken from Salem CT using a 500mm F6.3 lens (exposure was 5 minutes on Kodak Royal Gold 400 speed film). This is probably my best close up of Hale Bopp.



Comet Hale-Bopp, 7 April 1997

This is a 30 second tripod shot of Hale Bopp taken from Salem CT on Fuji SuperG 800 film. The camera lens was a standard 50mm lens at F2.8.



Comet Hale-Bopp, 7 April 1997

This is a 30 second tripod shot of Hale Bopp taken from Salem CT on Fuji SuperG 800 film. The camera lens was a standard 50mm lens at F2.8.



Comet Hale-Bopp, 7 April 1997

This is a 30 second tripod shot of Hale Bopp taken from Salem CT on Kodak Royal Gold 400 film. The camera lens was a standard 50mm lens at F2.8. The foreground was illuminated by a streetlight.



Comet Hale-Bopp and M34 Star Cluster, 7 April 1997

This shot was taken from Salem CT using a 500mm F6.3 lens. Exposure was 5 minutes on Kodak Royal Gold 400 film. Guiding on this shot was not perfect so I had to reduce the scale of the image to keep the star images from looking too ugly.


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