Comet Ikeya-Zhang Photo Gallery
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Summary: In Early March 2002, Comet Ikeya-Zhang became a naked-eye fuzzball in the evening sky. It soon brightened to 3rd magnitude and delighted sky watchers with its remarkable photogenic tail. The comet even had a stunning close encounter with the Andromeda Galaxy. But all good things must come to an end. On April 30th, Ikeya-Zhang made its closest approach to Earth (0.41 AU) and since then has been receding toward the outer solar system. The fading fuzzball now (on May 2, 2002) glows like a 5th magnitude star at the limit of naked-eye visibility. Soon it will be impossible to see without a telescope. So farewell, Ikeya-Zhang! It was a great show while it lasted. wishes to thank all those who submitted to the Comet Ikeya-Zhang gallery! The comet is now fading, and the gallery is now closed to submissions.
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  Photographer, Location, Date Larger images Comments

Jimmy Westlake, Rocky Mountains, USA
March 9
#1, #2, #3 Jimmy Westlake: "What is it about the month of March which attracts bright comets?... Saturday night was spectacular here in the Rockies."
Jimmy's dazzling images were taken on March 9th, using Kodak 400 film.

Thad V'Soske, near Pine Valley, CA, USA
March 9
#1, #2, more T. V'Soske: "Despite the light pollution from San Diego, the Zodiacal light, and thin layers of clouds, this comet was eye-popping in binoculars and spectacular through a large refractor!" Photo details: Fuji Superia Extra 800 film and a zoom lens at 200mm and f/3.5. 3 to 5 minute exposures.

Igor Smolic and Krsta Gosic, Wooden Observatory, Yugoslavia
March 9
#1 Photo details: March 8.74, 2002; 71x10sec unfiltered exposures; S-C, D= 0.28m, f/6.5 + SBIG-ST7 camera; field: 12.8 x 8.4arcmin

Dr. P. Clay Sherrod, Arkansas Sky Observatory, Arkansas, USA
March 8
#1, more Clay Sherrod: "Ikeya-Zhang has brightened significantly in the past two days and has changed from its distinct spiked tail near the broad head to the very diffused fan tail shown in the larger image."
David Brown , Bournemouth, UK
March 7
#1 David Brown: "I live in Dorset, England (UK) and the comet was about 7 degrees above the horizon. It is a combination of 10, 10 second exposures using a Starlight Express MX916 CCD camera on an Orion 8" f/4 Schmidt Newtonian. The images were acquired on 2002-03-07 at 20:26UT."

Dr. P. Clay Sherrod, Conway, Arkansas, USA
March 6
#1, more Clay Sherrod: "The comet was only 7 degrees off the western horizon when my wife, Patsy and I got this shot." Photo details: 30 second
exposure with a STV CCD camera on a Meade LX 200 8" telescope at f/3.75.

Jimmy Westlake, Yampa, Colorado, USA
March 4
#1, #2 J. Westlake: "In binoculars or a small telescope, you can see up to 5 degrees of tail! It is immersed in the very bright zodiacal light which cuts down on the contrast, but the view is still excellent."

Rolando Ligustri, Circolo Astrofili Talmassons Observatory, Italy. March 4 #1 Photo details: Newtonian reflector telescope (350 mm diameter f/5); CCD Sbig ST9E; Integration time: 120 seconds. Resolution: 2.5"/pixel.

Anton Spenko and Rok Palcic, Rezmon Observatory, Slovenia
March 4
#1, #2 Photo details: Meade 10'' LX 200 telescope, f/4, MX9 CCD camera.

Gerald Rhemann, Germany
March 3
#1, more Click for photo details.

Aletti Andrea and Di Filipo Simone, Varese, Italy
March 3
#1 Click for photo details.

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