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Michael Jäger photograph of Ikeya-Zhang, showing a 5 degree long, distorted tail
Copyright 2002 by Michael Jäger (Austria)

This photograph was obtained by Michael Jäger on 2002 March 3.76. It is a composite of 2 4-minute exposures obtained with a Schmidt Camera 250/450 and Kodak Ektachrome 100 film. He estimates the tail as more than 5° long and said the naked-eye brightness was then 5.0.


Andrea Aletti and Simone Di Filippo image of Ikeya-Zhang on March 3
Copyright 2002 "G.V. Schiaparelli" Astronomical Observatory

This image was obtained by Andrea Aletti and Simone Di Filippo on 2002 March 3.8. It was obtained with a 135mm f/2.8 lens and a Starlight Xpress Mx512 CCD camera. Two images were actually combined here and each of these images were composed of six 60-second exposures obtained with the CCD camera. They estimate the tail as over 3° long and note a tail disconnection event about 1° from the coma.


Michael Jäger photograph of Ikeya-Zhang on March 5
Copyright 2002 by Michael Jäger (Austria)

This photograph was obtained by Michael Jäger on 2002 March 5.76. It is a composite of 2 3.5-minute exposures obtained with a Schmidt Camera 250/450 and Kodak Ektachrome 100 film.


Alfredo Garcia, Jr. photograph of Ikeya-Zhang on March 6
Copyright 2002 by Alfredo Garcia, Jr. (Tucson, Arizona)

This image was obtained by Alfredo Garcia, Jr. on 2002 March 6.10. It is a 45-second exposure obtained with a 127mm f/6 Orion ShortTube refractor and a Starlight X-press MX5C CCD camera.


Michael Jäger photograph of Ikeya-Zhang on March 10
Copyright 2002 by Michael Jäger (Austria)

This photograph was obtained by Michael Jäger on 2002 March 10.77. It is a 12-minute exposure obtained with a Deltagraph 300/1000 and Kodak Ektachrome 100 film. The images shows the tail is composed of numerous filaments.

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