Photo Gallery:2006-2007 appearance of Comet McNaught
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PhotographerMark A. Brown
LocationTyndall AFB, Florida
DateJanuary 14, 2007, 5:09pm CST
EquipmentCanon Digital Rebel attached to Orion 80mm Short Tube (FL=400mm).
DescriptionThis image was captured just moments after sunset overlooking St. Andrews Bay. I really wasn't expecting to see the comet, but as soon as the sun dipped below the horizon, it was easily visible to the naked eye and spectacular in binoculars. It was nice to see the comet one last time before leaving us and making its way into Southern Hemisphere skies.
PhotographerRobert F. Commagere
LocationLos Angeles, California
DateJanuary 14, 2007 at 1:47 pm PST
EquipmentCanon 5D with 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM zoom with 2x extender at 400mm. 1/2500 sec @ f/8. ISO 400.
DescriptionMcNaught in the daylight. Sun blocked by pine tree branch.
Date1/12/07 13:30 pst
EquipmentHomemade 8" f7 reflector with Canon Rebel DSLR (1400mm FL)
DescriptionGoing through my shots of 1/12/07, I found this one with clouds - adds some perspective. It was fun watching the clouds passing the comet, too bad I didn't have a video camera running for this event. A time-lapse after sunset series (movie) from a local 6500' mountain (darker skies) would have been neat. I like this the best of nine posted at http://flickr.com/photos/edhiker/ (half size image supplied, 640x478)
Locationnear Bolu, Turkey
Date14th January 2006, 16:47 GMT+2
EquipmentCanon EOS 300D digital SLR at ISO 100, 500 mm f/8 lens; all piggybacked on an 8" Meade LX10 SCT.
DescriptionNow, this ordinary looking image can be a daylight sighting of the comet, as it is a minute before the sunset. But it may also be the last day of the comet in twilight, at the Sun about to set is already behind the higher hills. I "dialed" the position of the comet using the telescope from the Sun. I could not get a glimpse of Mercury though, only 1/2 degrees away from the comet.
LocationHermosa Beach Ca.
Date01-13-07 6:22 P.M.
EquipmentSony T1 Digital Camera, Celestron 11x80 Binoculars
DescriptionStill photo of comet McNaught taken through binoculars holding camera up to the eyepiece. I knew there was a slim chance of seeing the comet on the 13th. I had my binoculars out scanniing the horizon and there it was. Just grabbed my still camera and there you have it. A great memory. Patrick
Date17:41UT 12 January 2007
EquipmentCanon 350D (ISO 200, 1/25). Baader Scopos ED66 f/6
DescriptionVery low in the west horizon. However, full of magic through the eyepiece...
LocationVancouver International Airport (YVR)
DateJan.11, 2007 @ 5:09PM
EquipmentNikon D50 DSLR with a 70-200 telephoto lens @ 200mm focal length.
DescriptionThe comet appears to be sandwiched between low clouds and a mountain range (Vancouver Island). Taken at a beach near YVR airport, the sky conditions were clear but cold. The comet was quite bright and large - a tremendous sight!
Date2007-01-14, 11:58 UT
Equipment7" Meade ED Refractor, Lumenera SKYnyx 2-1m, Astronomik 807nmIRpass filter
DescriptionMagnificant daytime appearance of McNaught just six degrees from the sun
LocationAlexis Creek, British Columbia, Canada. Latitude North 52.10 degrees, Longitude West 123.30 degrees.
DateJanuary 11th, 2007 Thursday 17:00 PST.
EquipmentCamera: Canon EOS 30D digital camera. Lens (Canon): EF 100-400 mm, f 4.5-5.6 L IS USM. Tv 1/60, Av 5.6, & ISO 500. Tripod-mounted.
DescriptionComet McNaught descending toward horizon cloud. Looking west-southwest from Alexis Creek. Temperature: minus 25.5 degrees Celsius (-14 F). Image enhanced with Canon Digital Photo Professional (Version 2.1) & Adobe Photoshop 4 software.
LocationDiscovery Bay, California
DateJanuary 12, 2007 5:30 pm PST
EquipmentSony DSC-H2 digital camera. 12X opticalzoom. Contrast and brightness modified to accentuate details of comet.
DescriptionComet is cleary visible in bright twilight. No other objects visible in the sky at the time of the photograph including Venus. Magnitude of comet far exceeds planets and brightest stars.