Michael Purcell's Astrophotography

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Comet Hyakutake

Comet Hyakutake

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I took this picture from one of LCAS' "dark" sites near the Illinois-Wisconsin border (about 2 hours Northwest of Chicago). Darker than the city sky, yes, but you can still see the light pollution in this image.

It is a 5 minute hand guided exposure at 50mm using ISO400 film. The camera was attached to the frame of Jack Kramer's homemade Newtonian telescope. I guided the image by holding on to the frame of the scope while keeping the head of the comet in the center of the eyepiece. My guiding was not perfect, but the image turned out fairly well.

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