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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

Gordon Garradd,
Siding Spring Observatory, NSW, Australia
Jan. 20, 2007
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After a week of bush fire smoke and clouds I had 2 marginal nights from home, but tonight was almost completely clear at Siding Spring Observatory and allowed a wonderful view of Comet McNaught. Discoverer Rob McNaught was taking images of his comet from right next to me.

Photo details: Nikon D200, ISO 100-250

Emmanuel Jehin,
Paranal Observatory (VLT), Chile (2500m, Atacama desert)
Jan. 18, 2007
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A comet or an aurora ? That was just incredible ... the show of MacNaught is way above the Hale-Bopp display in 1997. I dont know to which comet to compare. Ikeya-Seki (1965), West (1976) or even the great comet of 1744 ? During nearly one hour after the comet had disappeared in the Pacific Ocean we could see the upper part of the tail shining like an aurora. The structure in the tail is amazing and reflects the activity of the comet in the past weeks as well as the competion between solar radiation pressure and gravity on dust particules of different masses.

Photo details: Canon EOS 350D, 35mm lens, 30 sec exposure, 1600 iso

Gregory Harris,
Launceston Tasmania Australia
Jan. 21, 2007
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Photo details: #1--Nikon D40, a Sigma 50-500mm lens @50mm, exposure 30secs at F6.3 and ISO 800. #2--Nikon D40, a Nikon 18-55mm lens @26mm, exposure 20secs at F4 and ISO 800.

Steve Wilkinson,
Perth, Western Australia
Jan. 20, 2006
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I had been shooting the comet all week and was looking for something different so I headed for Hillary's Marina and took the comet behined the yachts.

Photo details: Nikon D70, Nikkor 80-200mm lens, f/2.8, 2sec.

Mario Todeschini,
Cape Town, South Africa.
Jan. 20, 2007

Photo details: Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II, 30 second exposure, f2.8, iso 50, 70mm lens. time 9:06pm

David Chandler,
near Mt Disappointment, during the annual ICEINSPACE astrocamp held at Lostock NSW, Australia.
Jan. 19, 2007
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Photo details: Canon 400D, 2.5sec exposure, F5.6, 800 ISO, 300mm lens manual focus at 20:01.57h

Anthony Caffery,
Canberra, Australia
Jan. 21, 2007

Comet McNaught over Australia's Capital City, Canberra.

Photo details: Canon EOS 400D, ISO 400, 13s exposure.

Steve Crane,
Steenbras River Mouth, Gordons Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
Jan. 20, 2007
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The tail is still looking great this evening and the colours seem better.

Photo details: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 50mm lens, f/1.8, 62 seconds @ F1.8, ISO100

Graciela Pierre,
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Jan. 20, 2007

Photo details: Nikon D50, 1600 ISO, 0.77s exposure, Sigma 70-300 mm lens

Hannes Pieterse,
Bloemfontein, SOuth Africa
Jan. 19, 2007
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What a spectacle! The later it is visible, the more you are capable of capturing the mammoth tail, stretching way way past Venus.

Photo details: Canon 30D, 17 - 85 mm Canon Zoemlens set on 30mm, f5.6 ISO 800, 30 sec exposure. Closeup photograph was taken with 102 mm Orion maksutov cassegrain telescope and Canon 30D. Photo time 20:39 local time 80 minutes after sunset.

Rui Geraldes,
Matola, Mozambique
Jan. 21, 2007
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Photo details: SONY DSC-H1, 16mm lens, f/3.5, 10sec, ISO400

more images: from Theresa Clemitson of Sydney, Australia; from Jose Luis Sanchez of Argentina; from Steph Bredenhann of Kleinmond, South Africa; from Rob Glasgow of Safety Bay, Perth WA; from Eduardo Schaberger of Rafaela-Santa Fe-Argentina; from Koos van Zyl of Stellenbosch, South Africa; from Michael White of Kariotahi Beach, Waiuku, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND; from Simon Bloomer at Sunset Beach, Cape Town, South Africa; from Stephen Binks of Perth, Western Australia; from Jan Safar of Sydney, North Head, Australia; from Andrew Catsaitis of Lostock, NSW, Australia; from Peter Enright of Manning Point, northern NSW, Australia; from Steve Grooby of Havelock North, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.