March 28, 1996 - 21:32 to 21:52 PST
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This is a time compressed animation which shows the comet Hyakutake moving across a field of stars in the Northern sky during a 20 minute period of time. This 20 minutes is shown compressed to about 6 seconds. The animation was constructed from 62 individual 4 second exposures taken at 40 second intervals. The images were taken with a SBIG ST7 CCD camera through a MaXfield telecompressor attached to a Celestron C8+ telescope. The effective focal ratio was f/3.3. The field of view is approximately 33 x 23 minutes.
Image processing was done by Mira A/P.
Experienced astro photographers will note the slight periodic error in my C8+ drive. Also noticeable is the declination drift which resulted from my 60 second polar alignment technique.
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