Comet Hale-Bopp during twilight
(narrow-field photo)

March 18, 1997

This photograph of Comet Hale-Bopp was taken with a 300mm lens and a 35mm camera. The field of view is of approximately 7 degrees, roughly the same area you view when looking at the comet through a pair of binoculars. The photo was taken during morning twilight from Makapuu beach, Oahu, Hawaii. The dark area in the bottom left corner is a cloud. From March 20, the comet will be easier to see in the evening sky than in the morning sky.

Photograph by UH astronomer Richard J. Wainscoat

Technical information: Camera: Nikon N90s Lens: AF Nikkor 300mm f/4 (@f/4) Film: Fuji Provia 1600 Exposure: 15 seconds, equatorial mount, sidereal guiding © 1997 Richard Wainscoat, All Rights Reserved. You may make a copy of this photo for personal or classroom use. Please contact Richard Wainscoat ( if you want to use this photo for other purposes.
If you want to observe Hale-Bopp yourself (you should, it is beautiful), maps and ephemerides are available on this site.
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