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.

Unless otherwise stated, all images are copyrighted by the photographers.

  Photographer, Location, Date Larger images Comments

Benjamin Kuhne,
Eifel, Cologne
April 6
#1, #2 Benjamin Kuhne, of Cologne, captured these images of Comet Ikeya-Zhang and Andromeda. Each image represents a 16-second exposure with an Olympus camera and ISO 400 film. Image #1 was taken with a 60mm lens, and #2 with a 150mm lens.

Dr. P. Clay Sherrod,
April 6
#1 Clay Sherrod: "Ikeya-Zhang is now a morning comet! This image was taken through the big telescope's 4" guide refractor at f/2.8 at about 4:50 a.m. CST!"

Rudolf Hillebrecht,
Juneau, Alaska
April 5
#1 Rudolf Hillebrecht: "Comet Ikeya-Zhang is seen passing M31, the blue gas tail stretching out over 11.5 degrees, in this special pano-view which has been put together from four parts (and 20 single images in them). Images were taken with a 1.8/200 Canon telelens and D-30 digital camera."

Mark Farmer,
Juneau, Alaska
April 5
#1 Mark Farmer captured this image at Bridget Cove, 40 miles north of Juneau, Alaska. He used an Olympus camera with a 55mm f/1.2 lens. Recorded on Fuji Provia 400 film.

Juan Carlos Casado,
Figueres, Spain
April 5
#1 Juan Carlos Casado took this image at an elevation of 1123 meters, in the Oriental Pyrenees. The image represents a 7-minute exposure on New Superia 1600 film, with a 300mm f/2.8 telephoto lens.

Jorgen Blom,
Stockholm, Sweden
April 5
#1, #2, #3 Jorgen Blom "These three pictures of Ikeya-Zhang -together with Andromeda- were taken on April 5th with ISO 400 slide film and three different lenses: 300, 135 and 29mm."

Pekka Parviainen,
April 4, 5
#1, #2, #3 Pekka Parviainen of Finland captured these high-contrast images of the comet and M31, on April 4th and 5th.

Timo Leponiemi,
Renko, Finland
April 5
#1 Timo Leponiemi captured this image of the comet from Finland, using a Nikon camera with 180mm. lens at f/2.8, and Fuji Provia 400 film, pushed 1 stop.

Marco Verstraaten,
The Netherlands
April 5
#1, #2 Marco Verstraaten took these two images of Comet Ikeya-Zhang with a 300mm. telescope. Each comprises a 4-minute exposure on Fuji 400 film, under light-polluted conditions..

Alex Roca and Angels Escuer,
Hortoneda, Spain
April 4, 5
#1, #2 Alex Roca and Angels Escuer: "We think that these two pictures are the best of our series." They captured the images with a Konica camera and 135mm lens at f/3.5 and Fuji 100 ISO film, mounted on a hand-guided telescope.

Gabriele Vanin,
Avena, Italy
March 31, April 4
#1, #2 An series of images of Comet Ikeya-Zhang, by Gabriele Vanin, captured March 31st and April 4th. The first image used 1600 Kodak film and was a 4-minute exposure. The second image used 400 Kodak film, with an exposure time of 8 minutes.

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