Comet Hale-Bopp with Joshua Trees on Horizon


April 5, 1997, 8:23 p.m.

For our "Big Finale" comet-shooting session, Rick Scott and I travelled to Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California for the weekend of April 4 & 5, 1997. The exact location was along the Geology Tour Road, which crosses a broad plain studded with Joshua Trees. The comet was quite impressive; even with horizon glow from Los Angeles area it was the brightest we had seen it.

Date: April 5, 1997
Time: 8:23 p.m. PST
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California
Camera: Canon AE-1 35mm SLR on homemade tracking mount
Film: Kodak Ektachrome P1600 slide
Focal length: 50 mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure time: 2 minutes
Scanner: Nikon Coolscan LS-2000

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