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Comet Hyakutake, 1996, 


            Gary Lopez
Comet Hyakutake, 1996

Comet Hyakutake, 1996

Technical card

Resolution: 1178x784 job: 1914446

RA center: 134.591 degrees

DEC center: 84.268 degrees

Pixel scale: 28.691 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 138.285 degrees

Field radius: 5.639 degrees

Data source: Backyard


Comet Hyakutake was discovered on January 31, 1996. It passed very close to Earth in March of that year, which is when this photo was taken. It was, in fact, one of the closest approaches to Earth by a comet in 200 years. I captured this image when I was living at Lake Tahoe, CA, using my 10" Meade LX200, Canon F1, and ASA 1600 film. The exposure was 3 minutes and I manually tracked using an illuminated reticule and a flip mirror. I had the top-of-the line, amateur CCD camera of the time, an SBIG ST-6, but this comet was a prominent object, visible with the unaided eye, and a film camera was the right tool to capture the image.



Gary Lopez
License: Attribution Creative Commons

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Comet Hyakutake, 1996, 


            Gary Lopez