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Comet Hale-Bopp - the Great Comet

Hale Bopp

Hale Bopp


These beautiful images of the great comet Hale-Bopp (1997) were taken by Drogheda photographer Michael Byrne, who has been a photographer and astronomer for over twenty years. Both of these images were taken on an old Nikon FM2, a very nice specimen of a fully manual camera. The images are both 30 seconds on a 50mm lens, set at f1.8, and on Fuji Sensia II 400 film. The slide on the left was taken on a country road some miles outside Drogheda, and both tails of Hale-Bopp can be seen stretching up into the sky. The W-shaped constellation Cassiopeia is dominant, with the 'double cluster' located between the W and the telegraph pole. The spectacular image on the right shows Hale-Bopp sitting on top of the ancient round tower at Monasterboice. Both photos were taken in April 1997. Michael Byrne was partly responsible for the discovery that the Baltray standing stones have a winter solstice alignment. See this page for more details.

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