Comets

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Comet Hyakutake, 1996

This is a photo of Comet Hyakutake, taken from my backyard in State College, PA on March 26, 1996 at about 21:30 EST. It was cold (less than 20 deg F) and very clear that night. The camera was positioned to point NNW. I used a Ricoh camera with a 50mm lens open at f2. The exposure time was about 3 minutes. The film was Kodak Royal Gold 400 ASA. It was pushed two stops in the development process. The image was scanned off of a matte print. The orange streak is lens flare, probably from some neighborhood lights. 



This is another photo of Comet Hyakutake, taken from my backyard in State College, PA on March 27, 1996. I was using the same camera setup with Fuji 800 film here, pushed 1 stop.

Comet Hale-Bopp, 1997



This is a photo of Comet Hale-Bopp, taken from my backyard in State College, PA on March 11, 1997 at about 5:15 EST. It was a cold (high 30s F) and clear morning. The camera was positioned to point NNE. I used my trusty Ricoh camera with a 50mm lens open at f2. The exposure time was about 20 to 30 seconds. The film was Kodak Royal Gold 400 ASA. It was pushed two stops in the development process. The image was scanned off of a glossy print. 


 
These are two more photos of Comet Hale-Bopp, taken from my backyard in State College, PA on March 23, 1997 at about 5:00 EST. It was a very cold (mid 20s F) and clear morning. The camera was positioned to point NNE. I used a Ricoh camera with a 50mm lens open at f2. The exposure time was about 15 to 20 seconds. The film was Fuji 800 ASA. It was pushed one stop in the development process. The images were scanned off of glossy prints. 


   
Here are two more photos of Comet Hale-Bopp, taken from the Penn State Blue Golf Course, State College, PA on March 27, 1997 at about 8:30 EST. It was a very mild (mid 60s F) and clear evening. The camera was positioned to point NNW.  The first photo was taken with Fuji 1600 film with an exposure time of about 8 seconds. The second was taken with Fuji 800 film with an exposure time of about 15 to 20 seconds. It was pushed one stop in the development process. The images were scanned off of glossy prints. 


Here is another photo of Comet Hale-Bopp, taken from the Penn State Blue Golf Course, State College, PA on March 28, 1997 at about 8:30 EST. It was a mild (high 50s F) and clear evening. The camera was positioned to point NNW.  The photo was taken with Fuji 800 film with an exposure time of about 15 to 20 seconds. It was pushed one stop in the development process. The photo clearly shows an alien spacecraft in the tail of the comet (faint dashed line) and the large red plasma wake of a USAF Extirpator photon-impulse interceptor space-plane.The image was scanned off of a glossy print. 


 
Here is another photo of Comet Hale-Bopp, taken from the Penn State Blue Golf Course, State College, PA on April 1, 1997 at about 8:30 EST. It was a colder (high 40s F) and clear evening. The camera was positioned to point NNW.  The photo was taken with Fuji 800 film with an exposure time of about 15 to 20 seconds. It was pushed one stop in the development process. The image was scanned off of a glossy print. 


  
Here are my last three photos of Comet Hale-Bopp, taken from the my back yard in State College, PA on April 2, 1997 at about 8:30 EST. It was a mild (lo 60s F) and clear evening. The camera was positioned to point NNW.  The photos were taken with Fuji 800 film with an exposure time of about 15 to 20 seconds. They were pushed one stop in the development process. The images were scanned off of glossy prints. The first photo was a little experiment. I took a flash photo of my son on a swing, then immediately focused on infinity for the remainder of the 12 second exposure. 



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