Photo Gallery:2006-2007 appearance of Comet McNaught
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LocationManawatu, New Zealand
Date2007-01-18 at 10:12pm NZT
EquipmentCanon 30D & Canon 85mm f1.2 lens set to f1.4, 2.5 sec exposure, ISO 400. Normal tripod.
DescriptionTonight there were quite a few people out to see the comet, parked on country roads. This shot was taken just after the nucleus had set behind cloud. A large aperture helped to show the extent and detail of the tail which was not clear to the naked eye.
EquipmentBorge 76mm refractor, on manual tripod mount ( Alt~Azm mount), 28mm Williams optics eye piece, Nikon 4500 digital camera. camera screwed directly on eyepiece. Exposures manual, using 2x zoom in camera, 1/8 second time and manual noise reduction.
DescriptionThis photgraph shows the colour induced by atmospheric dust over the Indian Ocean. Dust from the desert region of Western Australia, is often red and gives bright reds & oranges to sun sets.
LocationMar del Plata, Argentina (latitude 38 south)
DateJan 17, 21:12 ART
EquipmentSony DSC W1 f=23 mm (zoom at 3x) f/D=5.2 exposure=8 sec
DescriptionThe nucleus is as bright as Venus. The well developped tail is the longest I have seen since Ikeya-Seki (october 1965). At naked eye tail looks 4 degree long. Ikeya-Seki was 25+ degree long.
LocationEnsenada - Argentina
Date16-01-2007 - 21,06hs (AR Time / -3 UT)
EquipmentNikon D50 @ 55MM - F5.6 - 2 sec exposure and cropped
DescriptionRed Sky and the beautiful Mc Naught rising with La Plata City Below.
Date16th Jan, 2007 840 PM AEDT
EquipmentPentax Optio S7 pocket camera mounted on tripod.
DescriptionThis photo was taken from downtown Sydney. The clouds in the west cleared just enough to enjoy some spectacular views of this truly wonderful comet! Easily one of the most impressive comets that i have observed.
Date2007 Jan 18 0038 UT
EquipmentCanon 20D, 17mm lens, f/4, ISO 1600, 20 second exposure, unguided
DescriptionA portion of Comet McNaught's dust tail is still visible in dark Western skies for the Northern Hemisphere Jan 18 UT. Near Boulder CO, email@example.com reported seeing faint streamers after twilight extending from the Zodiacal Light on Tuesday evening after 0000 UT Jan 17. He attributed the sighting to dust shed by Comet McNaught. I was able to confirm his visual description the following night, and the camera captured a 10 by 15 degree swath of tail after twilight. The tail could be found shortly after Venus set. The brighter portions are not difficult in 10x40 binoculars. An observing site dark enough to show Zodiacal light is recommended. The brightest star in the image is Enif. Delphinus is visible to the lower right. Cheers, Dan Laszlo Newsletter Editor Northern Colorado Astronomical Society Fort Collins CO USA 105 W 40.5 N
DateJan 12, 2007 17:45
EquipmentWilliam Optics 80mm f6 triplet , televue 0.8 reducer, Canon 350, on Celestron CG5 mount. Exposures approx. 1/30 sec under aperture priority, at ISO 100
DescriptionPhoto montage shows comet McNaught setting under the Golden Gate Bridge. Individual exposures are approx 10 sec apart. The next to last image shows a mirage or reflection of the comet in the ocean. The last image shows the tail above the horizon. The montage is made from sections of the original frames. Resampling for 640 x 480 overall size has reduced the quality of the images significantly.
LocationAuckland, New Zealand
Date18 January 2007, just after sunset 9pm, 8amUTC
EquipmentFreehand, digital camera kodak v570 -- (enhanced, resized to 640x480)
DescriptionComet McNaught ... everyone was able to see it!!
LocationAuckland New Zealand
EquipmentCanon Eos Digital
DescriptionComet McNaught on sunset