Comet Hyakutake Close-up


March 27, 1996

Photo by Rick Scott and Joe Orman.

For this close-up shot with a telephoto lens, we used a camera mount which tracked with the stars. Polaris is the bright star in the upper right corner of the photo.

This photograph appeared on NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day site on July 17, 1998.

Read the story behind this photo session.

Date: March 27, 1996
Time: 2:07 a.m. MST
Location: near Florence Junction, Arizona
Camera: Olympus OM-3 on star tracking mount
Film: Fuji Provia 1600 slide
Focal length: 135 mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure time: 3 minutes
Scanned by Rick Scott with Nikon Coolscan LS-2000 (cropped slightly)

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