Comet Hyakutake - Long Tail
Comet Hyakutake Showing a Very Long Tail
This black and white photograph of Comet Hyakutake was taken
with Kodak 4415 sheet film cut for
use with the observatory's 35mm Zeiss-Ikon camera, using a 35mm wide-angle f/2 lens. The 25 minute
exposure was taken with the camera mounted on an Edward R. Byers Cam-Trak operated by a small
battery for sidereal tracking. The comet's tail on this picture is some 35 degrees long, but was visually
seen for close to 70 degrees.
Table Mountain Observatory, operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), is located just west of the
town of Wrightwood, California at an elevation of 7500 feet.
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