Hale-Bopp, the last Great Comet

On the subject of heavenly portents,staring at the wall near my computer, I noticed that I had a mounted picture of Hale-Bopp, the last “Great Comet” that I took on 26/03/1997. This was the pre-digital photography age, at least as far as I was concerned! I noted it was a 60 second exposure at f/1.8 on 400 ASA film. We could do so much better these days! So, I took the picture down and scanned it. Here it is:

Now after a bit of GIMPery to reduce the star trails and the light pollution (it was all low-pressure sodium lighting in those days), we get this:

And here it is with a bit of detail processing:

Wonder when we will get another comet as good as this one?

5 Responses

  1. Yes I agree with the guy from Cornwall. I was airbourne at dusk when this was in the sky and it stretched from horizon to horizon. What a sight!

  2. That’s fantastic Roger! At the time I had no interest in the night sky- what I would give for a target like that now!

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