Photo Gallery:2006-2007 appearance of Comet McNaught
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DateJan. 10, 2007 17:29 EST
EquipmentWO Zenithstar 66 SDwith Pentax DL2 at prime focus. Exposure 1.5 s. f/6 ISO 200.
DescriptionAbout the best contrast with the darkening sky to show body and tail. 49 minutes after local sunset.
LocationSolon Springs, WI USA
EquipmentMinolta Digital Camera Equivalent 10X Optical Zoom ISO 100 1/60 sec F/3.7
DescriptionJanuary 12th 2007 5pm to 5:12pm. Solon Springs, Wisconsin. I spotted Venus at 4:59pm in the Binoculars. Within one minute McNaught was spotted above the glow of the sunset. I had about ten minutes of comet observation due to some low clouds; but the viewing was good. Not as good as January 9th due to the brightness of the sky. I would estimate the comet to be -3.5. In a perfectly clear horizon no clouds the comet will be observerable on the evening of the 13th. Enjoy, if you have clear western skys. Bring your binoculars and a video camera. I think the comet is best to video at this point. I never thought I would be saying to use a video camera over a still camera; but the evening of the 13th will be the time. The comet will be about 7 degrees to the right of Venus slightly above the horizon. McNaught should be directly located above where the sun has set. Thanks, David Harris Hayward, WI
LocationTrevignano Romano (Italy)
EquipmentNikkor 300mm f/2.8 lens with Nikon TC-14 1.4x teleconverter Nikon D200 digital camera
DescriptionExtremely bright, extremely low on the western horizon. It's been my last chance to take a photograph of this beautiful comet (unless going south of the Equator, of course)
EquipmentHP Photosmart C945 on tripod
DescriptionFinally caught it!
Date16h35 to 16h50 UT 2007/01/12
EquipmentDigital camera Canon 10D, telephoto lens focal 180mm stopped to focal ratio 5.6, addition of 8 images, 1/8 and 1/6 sec exposure on ISO100 equivalent. No equatorial mont : a simple photo tripod.
DescriptionThe comet is near the horizon with many sorts of coloured clouds cause of the time between the first and the last picture. It was 7° elongated from the Sun. To realize this image I had a journey of 942km long from my home and return. The observation place was the Avignon TGV Railway Station in south of France.
LocationChristchurch new zealand
Equipmentsony digital camera
LocationPerth Western Australia
Equipment600mm telephoto with 2x teleconvertor Nikon D50
DescriptionA stack of 7 exposures to show close-up of comet McNaught (almost 100% crop) almost 15min prior to passing the horizon. Taken from wireless hill park, Perth Western Australia
LocationSwanbourne Beach, Perth, Australia
Date16th Jan 07, 9:10pm
EquipmentCanon 350D, 1/4s f/4
DescriptionComet McNaught as it set following the sun over Swanbourne beach in Perth, western Australia.
LocationHutnington Beach, CA USA
DateJan 12, 2007 5:31pm
EquipmentMinolta Maxxum 5D with Tamron 70-300 lens.
DescriptionComet McNaught on 1-12-2007. Bolsa Chica State Beach in Huntington Beach, California, USA.
Locationmt o'mmanney, northam, western australia
EquipmentNikon D70 WITH Tamron 200mm lens and x2 converter on standard tripod. Exposure 1.5 sec, 200iso
DescriptionComet McNaught approx' 30 mins after sunset.