William Jenkins

Comet Ikeya-Seki

Comet Ikeya-Seki rising in the morning sky on 1965 November 4 around 4:30 a.m. (haze is obscuring the comet's head). 10-minute exposure on Tri-X film. Photo by Bill Jenkins. See the source document for an annotated version that identifies various stars in the field.

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Hand-guided 10 minute exposure on (*) Tri-X film. Apr. time 4:30 a.m. Nov 4, 1965. (Note haze obscuring comet head)

Wide angle of lens caused stars to arc over comet's tail.

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Note 1: The annotated image shows star labels for field identification purposes.
Note 2: The Stellarium file simulates the comet's tail with parameters as follows: dust_brightnessfactor = 1.0, dust_lengthfactor = 15, and dust_widthfactor = 8. The date was set for November 9th to get the tail in the same position as in the photo.

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