This comet is possibly the most widely observed comet of the 20th century, and one of the brightest seen for many decades.
Discovered on July 23, 1995, independently by both Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp. It was visible to the naked eye for a record 18 months, and holds the record for unaided eye visibility in modern times.
The Great Comet of 1997 imaged by Arthur Cockburn who took the image while visiting Chepstow Castle. A 30 second exposure on ISO200 film.
The Great Comet of 1997 imaged by Andy Barber, while at Romney Marsh in Kent. Image is a 25 second exposure on ISO1600 film.