Some homebrew digitized images of Comet Hyakutake! (C/1996 B2)

On March 25-26 1996, Dan MacIntosh, Andy Nelson and I drove 30 miles north of Tucson to dark skies to photograph Comet Hyakutake. We piggy-backed Andy's 50 mm camera to Dan's clock-drive equipped Celestron 8" S-C telescope.

The comet was impressive -- with a diffuse tail so widespread (~60 degrees!), we couldn't fit it in a single camera field-of-view! From our longest guided exposures (9 minutes on the coma, 12 minutes on the tail), digitized images were generated and carefully integrated into a single image. Film was slow 100 ASA, stop set to F/2.8. The C8 did an impressive job of guiding!

The Pictures

These images are best viewed in 32000 colors (16-bit) or better! If you are viewing on a 256 color display, you may want to download the images if you want to keep them (Netscape's internal dithering kinda sucks...).

lower resolution, whole comet (560x340x24-bit pixels, 80 KB)

high resolution, whole comet (1120x660x24-bit pixels, 260 KB)

high resolution, coma only (435x345 pixels, 10 KB)

The Mother Lode of Hyakutake images can be found here!

visitors since March 30, 1996.

Craig Kulesa
Last modified: Tue Apr 15 04:35:23 MST 1997