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Finder chart of C/1996 Q1 (Tabur) provided by Dale Ireland. The constellation of Orion, the hunter is to the lower right. Left Image: C/1995 O1 Hale-Bopp 120 second exposure 1996 Aug 9.4315 (10:21 UT) . North is up in this 22' X 15' field. False colour palette has been applied to show detail in the inner coma as well as the extensive outer coma and tail which more than fill the field. Taken with a 25cm f/4.1 Newtonian and HI-SIS 22 CCD from Loomberah NSW Australia 151.05E 31.33S 845m ASL. Copyright 1996©Gordon Garradd. (304K)

Right Image: C/1996 B2 Hyakutake 300 second exposure 1996 Aug 9.468 (11:14 UT). North is up in this false colour image showing the comet in the far southern Milky Way, field of view is 16'.5 X 12'.3. Taken with a 25cm f/4.1 Newtonian and HI-SIS 22 CCD from Loomberah NSW Australia. Copyright 1996©Gordon Garradd. (240K)

This page has lots of images... a selection of recent images can be found here...there are hundreds images in the complete archive.

The author of this page will be out of the office until Monday, September 9. I realize that I am very far behind in posting images. Please DO NOT submit any more images (or resubmit what you have already sent...I did get them) while I am gone. I will try to catch-up once I return. Do send your visual observations as usual..csm

Last Updated: 26 August 1996

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In this home page:

Comets Currently Visible (8/23/96)
Potential Superstar Comet...
Information on Comet Hale-Bopp for the Non-Astronomer (7/8/96)
o Follow the Comet's Changing Brightness (6/24/96)
Recent News and Observations New comet C/1996 Q1 may reach 5th mag. (8/25/96)
Comet Light Curves (3/6/96)
Ephemerides for Current Visually Observable Comets Ephemeris for 96 Q1 (Tabur) (8/23/96)
Comet Definitions
Other Sources of Comet Information (2/2/96)

Comet Images (8/26/96)

Other Places

NASA Home Page
JPL Home Page


The biggest reward for doing this home page is the positive feedback that I get and the knowledge that users find this page a useful service.

In February 1996, Iway rated the COHP as one of the best 500 Web pages. In fact, they felt that it was the 15th best science page on the Web! Their reviews of the 25 top science home pages are given in this link.

This home page has also been recognized by Magellan, an independent outside reviewer, as a three-star site. You can search the Magellan database of 1.5+ million sites from the Other Sources of Comet Information page.

(Of course, I think it should have received four stars, but I am a bit biased.)


Typically, more than 500 individual users/computers access this page every day. These accesses create more than 10,000 entries per day in the access log. This amounts to an increase in the size of the access log of 0.87 Mbytes per day! However, the peak access rate during the C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) apparition was 20,000+ users on March 25, 1996. During that date there were 374,132 entries in the access log accounting for ~30 MByte increase in the size of that file!!

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