Orwell Astronomical Society (Ipswich)
Comet C/2008 C1 (Chen-Gao), 04 February - 31 March 2008
Two amateur astronomers, Tao Chen and Xing Gao, while undertaking a digital patrol for novae, discovered the comet which now bears their names. The comet is faint, diffuse and small with a weak condensation. In early 2008, experienced observers could detect it in 25x100 binoculars from dark locations. However, larger apertures were necessary from locations suffering from light pollution.
I imaged the comet during February and March 2008 using a 16cm F/2.5 Schmidt camera and MX916 CCD. The results are shown below (north is up in all images).