From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Charles F. Lindgren)
Date: Sun, 23 Feb 1997 08:50:34 -0500
Show of hands, how many have seen Hale-Bopp yet? I saw it this morning for the first time. It is worth the effort! Unfortunately it was 5:00 AM, but the skys were crystal clear. EASILLY visible in the northeastern sky approx. 25 degrees above the horizon is this star that just "doesn't look right." I saw the tail through binoculars as a dim fan coming off of the comet. The coma is brilliant, at least a second magnitude. Viewed against a background of bare winter trees it made quite an impression. I shot a series of photographs using Ektachrome Elite 400, a 50mm lens set at f2, and exposures of 15, 30, and 45 seconds. Based on the weather forcast, this will probably be my last chance to see the comet this week, but we can hope for the best. PLEASE go out and give this a look! February's Science and Children has a great calendar in it on page 39 that gives daily locations for Hale-Bopp as well as the partial eclipse of the moon on March 23rd, and where to find Mars. It's going to be a great month!