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

Greg Sellek,
Madison, Wisconsin
March 26
#1, #2, Animation Greg Sellek of the Madison Astronomical Society sends these two images of the comet, taken March 26th, with a Meade 12" LX 200.

Eric Allen,
Champlain, Canada
March 26
#1, #2 Eric Allen and Daniel Laganiere of Canada sent these two images of Comet Ikeya-Zhang, including this spectacular close-up of the coma and jets. They used a 0.4 meter Newtonian telescope.

Keith Cooley,
Athens, Alabama
March 25
#1, #2 Keith Cooley imaged comet Ikeya-Zhang on two nights. The color image was taken during a bright moon on the 25th.He used a Canon AE-1 with a 50mm lens, and Fuji 800 ASA film. Each image represents about 30 seconds of exposure.

Bob Sandy,
Trieste, Italy
March 25
#1 Accomplished astrophotographer Bob Sandy: "This is an image of comet Ikeya-Zhang over my neighbor's chimney taken from Roanoke County, Virginia around 01:15 UT on March 25. This was a 3 minute exposure on hypered Tech Pan film with a 135mm F/2 lens."

Jose Carlos Millan Lopez
San Ysidro, Spain
March 24
#1 Jose Carlos Millan Lopez took this 30-second exposure of Comet Ikeya-Zhang from an elevation of 1100 meters, in Spain. He used a Praktica IVcamera and 50mm lens. f/2.8 The film was Superia 800 ASA.

Philippe Moussette,
Quebec, Canada
March 24
#1, #2 Phillipe Mousette of Quebec submitted two photos of Ikeya-Zhang. Both images were captured with his Pentax camera and 1600 Fuji film. The first image was taken with a 100mm lens, the second with a 500mm lens.

Rolando Ligustri,
Palmanova, Italy
March 24
#1 An image of the comet, taken with the 350mm CAST Observatory telescope. The image is a sum of four stacked 10-second exposures. Readers can visit their Ikeya-Zhang gallery by clicking on Rolando's name on the left.

Mike Klensch,
Skagway, Alaska
March 24
#1, #2 Mike Klensch: "I am just starting to get back a few of the photos I've been shooting of Comet Ikeya-Zhang. The two I've attached were shot on the 24th not too far from my home in Skagway, Alaska. I was using a 135mm lens at f/2.8 and exposed for approx. 7 sec. on Kodak GT 800 ISO film."

Furio Pieri,
Trieste, Italy
March 24
#1 From a hill in the surroundings of Trieste, Italy, near the border with Slovenia, Furio Pieri took this image of Comet Ikeya-Zhang with a 300mm Zeiss at f/4. He used Kodak E200 film, with an exposure time of two minutes.

Jörgen Blom,
Stockholm, Sweden
March 24
#1, #2 Jörgen Blom: "Here are two pictures of Ikeya-Zhang taken on March 24 from a golf course about 35 kilometers south of Stockholm. In binoculars I could see the comet's tail extending about 3 degrees, very near to M 33. The dazzling half moon disturbed the seeing somewhat. The horizontal streak under the comet are position lights from an airplane."

François Emond,
Embrun, France
March 24
#1 Francois Emond captured this image of Comet Ikeya-Zhang with a Celestron 8-inch SCT at f/6.3. The image comprises five stacked 10-second exposures.

Robert Sandy,
Roanoke, Virgina
March 24
#1, #2 Two 2-minute exposures of Comet Ikeya-Zhang by Robert Sandy, shot on P1600 slide film with a 28mm lens at f/1.8 and 135mm lens at f/2, respectively.

Bill Hark,
Goochland County, Virginia
March 23
#1 Bill Hark captured this image of the comet using a Nikon FG, 50mm lens, and Fuji 800 print film. The resulting photo was a 25 second exposure.

George Varros,
Mount Airy, Maryland
March 23
#1, #2, #3 Three images of Comet Ikeya-Zhang by George Varros, who adds, "The comet was visible to the unaided eye before dark with at least 1 degree of tail visible!"

Jorma Koski,
Sondby, Finland
March 23
#1 A pleasing image of Ikeya-Zhang by Jorma Koski of Finland. He used a digital Olympus Camedia Z3030 camera. A 16-second exposure.

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