I made one last trip to dark skies to photograph the comet, near Mobile, Arizona. A thin crescent moon (overexposed in this long exposure) made a beautiful companion for the comet. Below them was a band of clouds, which the moon, and then the comet, disappeared into about 9pm. After viewing Comet Hale-Bopp dozens of times over the previous 10 months, I sadly bid it farewell; I knew this would be my last good view of it.
Film: Ektachrome P1600 slide
Camera: Canon AE-1
Exposure length: 30 seconds
This photograph appeared on NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day site on July 9, 1998.
Scanned by Rick Scott using a Nikon Coolscan LS-10E 35mm film scanner and Adobe Photoshop.