Last Updated: 2001 July 21
2001 July 20.66 - Exposure: 13 minutes (13x60s)
2001 July 14.58 - Now visible in my midnight sky in Pegasus. Still visible with the naked eye, although averted vision is required. In 7x50s, it has a large condensed coma. No tail is visible. Exposure: 6 minutes (6 x 60s)
2001 June 26.8 - fading fast! Still a naked eye sight around mag 5. Only about 0.5 degrees of tail is visible in 7x50s. Now at its closest point to earth, its moving very quickly through Cetus. Exposure 13 mins (13 x 60s) aligned on the coma.
2001 June 15.8 - now an easy naked eye target high in the morning sky in Eridanus. Estimated mag as 4.1 using 7x50s. Tail extends for 2.8 degrees with direct vision and 3.8 degrees with averted vision (with inteference from a 40% sunlit moon). Exposure: 9 min (9 x 60s). Tail extends for at least 5.0 degrees.
2001 May 17 - tail is harder to detect visually tonight. Exposure: 9 mins (3 x 180s)
2001 May 13 - ion tail significantly brighter than two nights ago: Exposure 10 min (5 x 120s). Comet is now visible to the naked eye, and 1.5 degrees of tail are visible telescopically. The two bright stars are gamma and delta Leporis (to left and right of tail)
2001 May 11 - Exposure 20 min (20 x 60s). Faint tail is visible telescopically (30' long).
2001 Apr 26.43 Comet is in evening sky near Eta Leporis (top right). 40' ion tail extends out of the frame. 285mm f/3.5 telephoto + ST6. Exposure 18 min (18 x 60s)