Comet Ikeya-Zhang on evening of Feb 10, 2002

Date & Time: Feb 10 2002, 18:26 to 18:31 & 18:37 to 18:42 JST(+0900)
Composed 2 images
Optical: Meade 25cm(10") Schmidt-Cassegrain with conversion lens (f=1600mm, F6.3)
Auto-guided with Meade LX-200 Equatorial & Pictor 201XT
Camera: VIXEN VX-1
Film: Fujicolor SUPERIA 1600
Location: Ooizumi vil., Yamanashi pref.

A new comet of C/2002C1 Ikeya-Zhang, discovered by two comet seekers in Japan and China on Feb 1, was positioned at the constellation of Cetus in evening western sky with a visual magnitude of 9.
I could detect only dimmed coma through 10" telescope, but this image shows you a bluish green coma and very fine ion tail stretching toward east.
It's predicted that comet Ikeya-Zhang will bright up to about 4th magnitude in end of March 2002.

Ikeya-Zhang on Feb 23, 2002

2000WM1 LINEAR on Mar 9, 2002

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