Photo Gallery:2006-2007 appearance of Comet McNaught
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Date20-01-07 8:27 PM
EquipmentNikon D50 Digital Reflex Camera
Photographerfrancisco mendez fuentes
Equipmentnikon D50, 4 sec. f:5.6
Descriptioncomet McNaught, from roof of my home.
LocationMerredin, Western Australia
EquipmentFujifilm S 5600 F-3 iso1600 15 second exp
DescriptionThe nucleus and initial tail are overexposed but the arc of ghost tails in this image are similar to their naked eye appearance. The whole comet is about one handspan or more across.
PhotographerCarlos H. A. Andrade
LocationAmericana City - SP - BRAZIL
DateJanuary 20, 2007
EquipmentOnly a Digital Camera Sony H5. No telescope... No mount...
DescriptionComet McNaught over Americana City/SP - BRAZIL. January 20, 2007 Sunset 23:28 TU (-3)
EquipmentSmall Digital Camera, whithout tripod. Exposure was only a few seconds long.
DescriptionComet McNaught was spectacular, with huge tail. The best comet I've ever seen.
PhotographerGuillermo E. Sierra
LocationVilla Elisa near La Plata,Argentina
Date2007/01/20 21:21:14 local time
EquipmentNikon D70s body Nikkor 18-35mm. tripod Manfrotto 190 Focal length equiv. to 27 mm. Exposure: f/3.5 and 30 sec
DescriptionAfter two clowdy sunsets, we were able to find again the comet. At this time I change the city trying a better place with less light in the sky. The campus of the Radioastronomy Institute of Argentina in Villa Elisa, far away from city lights, its an incredible and quiet place but full of "mosquitos". In the picture we can see the anthena Nº2 in the radioastronomy field and the comet and its long tail a minutes before dissapearing in the horizont.
LocationWiruna, ASNSW dark sky site
DateJan 20 ~ 9:40pm
EquipmentCanon S3 IS, fixed tripod mount
DescriptionComet McNaught just bfore setting in late twilight. 4 images of 15 sec @ f3.2 ISO 200,combined to show the extent of the tail, estimated the tail extened horizontally at least 30° naked eye and the entire area below the tail seemed brighter than adjacent sky, after astronomical twilight. It was a magnificent sight.
PhotographerKoos van Zyl
LocationStellenbosch, South Africa
Date19 January 2007
EquipmentCanon Digital Rebel on tripod with 50mm lens at f/7.1. A composite of four 15-second exposures.
DescriptionToday was the best I've seen Comet McNaught - I had a moerately dark sky and the comet higher in the sky. It slowly set behind the Stellenbosch Mountain, shown in the picture, but even an hour after the comet has set, it's tail was still plainly visible, with most of the details seen in the picture apparent with the unaided eye. From a Southern Hemispherer's perspective, this comet beats Hale-Bopp hands down and tail up.
LocationGlenorie NSW Australia
Date20th Jan 2007 19:26:30 EST
EquipmentTripod mounted Canon IXUS 430 digital camera ISO 400 15 sec exposure at f2.8 35mm film focal length equivalent - 36mm Image size reduced from 1600 x 1200 to 600 x 450 pixels
DescriptionDue west of Glenorie lie the Blue Mountains with the western surburbs of Sydney in between. About 25 minutes after sunset on the 20th the comet was still high enough in the sky to display a beautiful upright scimitar with the head just dipping into the city air pollution. An added bonus in this shot are the early evening stars over the western horizon.
LocationWELLINGTON, NSW, AUSTRALIA
Date20JAN07 2136 LOCAL [DST]
EquipmentCANON EOS 30D WITH 70-300mm ZOOM AT 70MM. F 6.3, 42 SECOND EXPOSURE, 1600 ISO.
DescriptionTAIL DETAIL SHOWN AS COMET MCNAUGHT NUCLEUS SETS BEHIND LOW HILLS JUST SOUTH OF WELLINGTON, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA. SMOKE FROM BUSHFIRES TO THE NORTH REDDENS THE LOWER PORTION OF THE COMET. AMBIENT TEMP WAS 35 CENTIGRADE WHEN IMAGE TAKEN [BLOODY HOT].