Photo Gallery:2006-2007 appearance of Comet McNaught
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LocationAuckland New Zealand
EquipmentCanon Eos Digital
DescriptionComet McNaught on sunset
LocationWhangaparaoa peninsula NZ
EquipmentFujifilm S3 Pro, Tamron 28-300 and tripod
DescriptionComet McNought caught just after sunset in New Zealand
LocationPiha (west coast nr Auckland NZ
DateJan 18 2007; 20:53
EquipmentCasio EX-Z750 at wide angle, 1 minute exposure. 7 Mb original. The mount was "behind a twig on a dead tree" located along a track above a high cliff over the sea.
DescriptionI was taken by surprise by this comet; an excellent apparition with interesting tail structure.
Date10th Jan 06
EquipmentCanon 5D 400 mm lens
DescriptionComet McNaught.I didn't think it would be visible at all through dreadful british skys, but within 10 mins of sunset it was a fabulous sight. One of those unexpected unforgettable moments.
LocationCape Town, South Africa
Date17 Jan 2007 at 21:05
EquipmentCamera; Nikon D70 Lens: Nikkor 70 to 300mm zoom, set at 145mm. On tripod in the street Exposure: 4sec at F5, ISO 200
DescriptionThe photo, taken on 17 Jan 2007 at 21:05, shows comet McNaught setting over the suburbs of Cape town, South Africa. The lights to the left of the comet are those of the TV mast on Constantia mountain. Table Mountain is on the right of the picture. When I first saw the comet at about 8:20 pm (the sun had set about 20min earlier) I thought it was the contrail of an aircraft, as it was so bright and white! The intensity gradually faded as it got closer to the horizon, presumably due to atmospheric extinction associated with inevitable pollution over the city. The photo opportunities however improved as the city lights and comet came closer to each other. To me the comet appeared brighter than any other I have seen, including Halley's etc. (I'm 56yrs old). A number of people in my street joined me with binoculars - all were very excited, and the kids were asking dads all sorts of astronomical questions - nice to see that the comet was providing a good educational opportunity.
LocationEden Prarie, MN
EquipmentCanon Rebel 350D Sigma 70-300mm f5.6 ISO100 Various exposures
DescriptionI easily spotted the comet in 12x60 binnoculars after the sun was a bit below horizon but, well before the comet was naked eye visible. I very impressive site, I am very happy the clouds were able to clear for a few minutes so I could experience it.
PhotographerM.Gucic & D.Stojakovic
EquipmentFuji FinePix S5500
DescriptionComet was so bright that you could see it just a few degrees over horizon. Even high polluted Belgrade smoke didn't stop Her to shine so bright..
DateJanuary 11, 18:00 local time
EquipmentNikon D70, Sigma 400mm lens
DescriptionThe comet was spotted only 8 minutes after sunset. It was really impressive with binoculars. Luckily, viewing conditions were perfect here in the northern part of Greece. Solar visitors of this magnitude are always welcome!
LocationMonte Panarotta (2002m.a.s.l.), Trento, Italy
Date12 Jan 2007 16h30m UT
EquipmentFujiS3 @ 400ISO f=300mm f/4 @ f/5.6 stack of 4 exposures 1/30 sec each field of image 2.5 x 2 degrees
DescriptionThanks to marvellos weather and the height of the isolated peak where we observed in Dolomite Alps, it was possible to see the comet setting at 16.39 UT above 5 arcmin only the geometrical horizon. Spotted before the sunset well before Venus.
Date01/11/2007 5:10 PM
EquipmentCanon D20 300mm at 1/60 F3.5 stack of 4 images
DescriptionComet setting between trees