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  Summary: Comet McNaught swung by the Sun in mid-January 2007. Fierce solar heat turned it into the brightest comet in 40 years; for a few days it was actually visible in broad daylight! When McNaught emerged from the sun's glare into the skies of the Southern Hemisphere, the tail alone stopped traffic and was mistaken for a brush fire, an explosion, a mysterious cloud and probably many other things never reported. For photographers, it was the photo-op of a lifetime. Now Comet NcNaught is receding into the outer solar system never to return -- only the pictures remain. Enjoy the gallery!
  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Peter Daalder,
Winkleig and Evandale, Tasmania, Australia
Jan. 22, 2007
#1, #2

Photo details: Canon 5D, 50mm lens, f1.8, ISO 800, 10 seconds.

Chris Picking,
Wairarapa, North Island, New Zealand
Jan. 23, 2007
#1, more

A short animated sequence of the comet as it sets. These were taken over a 25 minute period. Clouds move over the comet at the end of the sequence.

Photo details: Individual images were taken using a Canon 10D, 18mm lens at f4.0, ISO800 and exposure times of 1 minute each.

Chris Prior,
Swansea, on the shore of Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia
Jan. 22, 2007

The comet can be seen reflected in the water.

Photo details: Canon 20D, 18-55mm lens, f5, 30 seconds, 800ISO

Jason Wright,
Eastern Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Jan. 22, 2007
#1, #2

My humble attempt to do the magnificent sight of this comet justice. Framed against Mt Putauaku in New Zealand's Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Photo details: Canon 400D using a 17-55 mm f2.8 lens.

Prints of the full 10 mp image available at a cost! ;)

Peter Oliver,
Dunedin, New Zealand
Jan. 24, 2007
#1, #2, more

The comet is visible all night long from my location so I was able to shoot it at 2am with a dark sky.

Photo details: Canon 350D, ISO 1600.

George Ionas,
Himatangi Beach, New Zealand.
Jan. 24, 2007

Note that Comet McNaught has developed a broad dust tail clearly visible in binoculars.

Photo details: Nikon D100, Nikkor 105mm lens, f/1.8, 800 ISO, 30 sec exp.

Ron Webb,
Jindabyne,New South Wales, Australia
Jan. 23, 2007

Image taken just after sunset with a eucalypt tree in foreground.

Photo details: Nikon D200 with 18/200 lens set at 82mm,f 6.3,5 sec, ISO 250

James Tse,
New Zealand, West Melton Observatory near Christchurch at South Island
Jan. 22, 2007
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5

The comet is still bright enough to be visible by the naked eyes under the clear and windy sky. Its tail spreads more than 10 degrees bending like an arc.

Photo details: Canon 350D, 800 ISO, Canon 16-35 mm lens, 70-200 mm EF lenses, Sigma EX 8mm f/4 lens. Exposures 13s - 419s

Dave Curtis,
Dunedin, New Zealand
Jan. 23, 2007
#1, more

Photo details: Canon 1D Mrk2, 70-200mm lens, f/2.8 IS 4 Stacked exposures ranging from 30 secs to 4min. Camera was piggybacked on a tracking telescope: Meade LX200.

Andrew Ingram,
Cape Town, South Africa
Jan. 22, 2007
#1, #2, #3, more

McNaught has drawn a lot of attention from people not usually interested in such things because it is simply so spectacular.

Photo details: Nikon D200 400 iso f2,8 8 seconds.

more images: from Robert Billing of Churchill, Victoria, Australia; from H Teh on Mt Dandenong, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; from Elton Saheki of Pilar do Sul, SP, Brasil; from Francisco Delgado of Puerto Varas, CHILE; from Barry Kilner of Brighton , South Australia , Australia; from Niels Endres of KooWeeRup, Victoria, Australia; from Leigh Thomas of Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia; from Dylan O of Albury, Australia;