Comet Ikeya-Zhang Close-up


March 9, 2002, 7:46pm MST

To the unaided eye, only the comet's head was visible, but through binoculars or a telescope the comet displayed a beautiful and delicate tail at least 5 degrees long.

Date: March 9, 2002
Time: 7:46pm MST
Location: Sentinel, Arizona
Camera: Olympus OM-1 on homemade tracking mount
Film: Fuji Provia 800 slide
Focal length: 100 mm (cropped slightly)
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure time: 2 minutes
Scanned with Nikon Coolscan LS-10E

Revised: March 12, 2002
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