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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

Ian Cooper,
Opiki, Manawatu, New Zealand
Feb. 6, 2007
#1, #2, #3, #4

The comet is now around magnitude +3.6 (= to Beta Indi) and a tail of 20 degrees long fanning out to about 8 degrees wide at the end. In the foreground is a derelict swing bridge across the Manawatu River.

Photo details: Nikon F with a 50mm lens @ f/2, Fuji 800 Press film, 1 minute exposures.

Noel Munford,
Palmerston North, New Zealand
Feb. 6, 2007
#1, #2

Without a Moon, the comet was clearly visible to the unaided eye and I noted it significantly brighter than 47 Tuc. It must still be around 3rd mag.

Photo details:

(#1) Fujifilm S3, ISO 1600, 2 x 30 seconds.

(#2) Fujifilm S3, 80mm lens, f/1.8, ISO 1600, 30 seconds.

Note the clear anti-tail in the 80mm shot.

Chris Picking,
Wairarapa, North Island, New Zealand
Feb. 5, 2007
#1, #2, more

Still visible to the unaided eye. These images were taken just before moon rise.

Photo details: Canon 10D, 50mm lens, f3.5, 3 minute exposures.

James Tse,
Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand
Feb. 4, 2007
#1, #2,

The comet tail has lost its extensive streams and forms a triangular shape which is only visible by a pair of 7x50 binoculars. The greenish displays an elliptical protuberance in front of the comet head.

Photo details:

(#1) Canon 300D, Canon EF 70-200 mm lens @ 70 mm, f/2.8, ISO 800, 30 sec.

(#2) Canon 350D, Astro Physics 105 EDT Traveler + 0.75X Telecompressor, 400 ISO, 2 min

Shevill Mathers,
Ralphs Bay, near Hobart, Tasmania
Feb. 2-3, 2007
#1, #2, #3

Barely visible to the naked eye, but a 30-second exposure showed the comet nicely.

Photo details: Nikon D200 with a Nikkor 28mm lens (f/2.8) and a Nikkor 85mm lens (f/1.4), 30-second exposures at 350 ISO. I used the faster lens for the close-up shot.

Mendonca Jr,
Pousada Caina - state of Parana - Brazil
Feb. 3, 2007
#1, #2, #3

The amazing Comet McNaught is still visible to the naked eye on Feb. 3rd.

Photo details: Canon 20D, 50mm lens, f2:8, 30 seconds, ISO 400

Italian astronomers using a remote controlled telescope (System AERO 8 of the GRAS Observatory) near Melbourne, Austraila
Feb. 3, 2007
#1, more

Very interesting the structure around the nucleus!

Photo details: RC 12.5" telescope at F9, ccd ST11000, bin 3x3, 5x60sec with red filter.

Lance Andrewes,
Upper Hutt, New Zealand
Feb. 5, 2007

Despite street lighting, the tail is still visible with 7x50 binoculars.

Photo details: Canon 20D, 70-200mm lens @ 200mm, 5 second exposure at f/4, ISO 3200.

Ashley Marles,
Old West Coast Road, Waddington Canterbury, New Zealand
Jan. 24, 2007

Comet McNaught put on a spectacular display for southern observers, the photograper made this this self portrait by firing off the camera flash at the beginning of the long exposure.

Photo details: Canon 20D, 18mm lens, f4, 180sec, 1600iso unguided camera on a tripod

Wayne England,
Near Myponga reservoir, South of Adelaide, South Australia.
Jan. 25, 2007
#1, #2, #3, #4,

The nearby grazing kangaroos wondered what I was doing! Picures #1 & #2 show what I presume is the Space Station rising up from the horizon.

Photo details: Canon EOS 50, 28-80mm lens, 1600ASA film with exposures from 1 - 5 minutes.

Dan Macmillan,
lake Karapiro. Waikato, New Zealand
Jan. 18, 2007
#1, more

Photo details: Nikon D200, 28mm lens, iso800, 30s, cs2 adjusted raw

Brenda Anderson,
Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand
Jan. 24, 2007

The orange glow is, we think, because of the lights from our town in the distance.

Photo details: 30 second exposure, Sony A100 dSLR, 50mm lens, f/1.7

Karim Sahai,
Houghton Bay, Wellington, New Zealand
Jan. 27, 2007
#1, #2, more

The comet was very easy to spot and photograph on one of the rare cloudless nights in Wellington.

Photo details:

(#1) Canon 1DsII, ISO 1250, 28mm lens, f/5.6, 25sec

(#2) Canon 1DsII, ISO 1250, 200mm lens, f/1.8, 2.5sec