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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 Rosen,
Stockholm, Sweden
Jan. 13, 2007
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Comet McNaught photographed in broad daylight around 14 hours local time, through a 80mm f/600 refractor. The second shot shows McNaught above iridescent clouds. I post 2 more shots of the iridescent clouds. What a show. Later I was able to follow the comet until it disapeared bellow the horizon

Thorsten Boeckel,
South of Munich, on a hill eastern from Ammersee, Bavaria, Germany
Jan. 13, 2007
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, more

Now the comet can be observed easily during the daylight with binoculars or telescopes. The comet can also be seen also--just barely--with naked eye. Be careful of the sun! Airplane photos taken at 15:00 pm. Sun was standing 15o over the horizon.

Photo details: Zeiss refractor 860mm (1300mm dig), 1/100sec exposure, ASA 100

Rob Schaper,
Evergreen, Colorado, USA
Jan. 13, 2007
#1, #2

This picture gives you an idea of what the naked eye saw at 14:00 mst. Too cool!

Photo details: Nikon D70, 300mm with VR on.

Gerhard Kupfer,
Bopfingen, Baden-Warttemberg, Germany
Jan. 13, 2007
#1, #2, more

Photo details: Fuji S3, Tokina 300 mm lens, f/2.8, ISO 100, 1/15s

Roberta Da Val,
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Jan. 13, 2007
#1, more

Comet McNaught in the daylight at 16:13 local time.

Photo details: Canon EOS 350D, Takahashi FS 102 apo f/6

Mark Vornhusen,
Gais, Switzerland
Jan. 13, 2007

Comet McNaught in daylight taken at 14UTC in Gais/Switzerland. Comet was easily visible by naked eye.

Photo details: Nikon D70, 500mm lens.

Alessandro Dimai,
Monte Lagazuoi (2.800 mt) Cortina d'Ampezzo - Italy
Jan. 12, 2007
#1, more

Comet McNaught at sunset in the twilight!

Photo details: Canon 350D, 200 mm lens, f/5.6

Stefan Seip,
Leonberg, near Stuttgart, Germany
Jan. 13, 2007
#1, more

It was an exceptionally good evening with a very clear sky all the way down to the horizon.

Photo details: Canon EOS 1D2 MkII, Canon EF 600/4, Canon Converter 2x Eff. 1200 F/8 1/90 sec. @ F/11 ISO 200

Sandro Ebone,
Porto, RS, Brazil
Jan. 13, 2007

This picture was taken at 16:30 PM local time, under a very hot sun light. The comet was very close to the Sun at 50 degrees high.

Photo details: SkyWatcher 80ED refractor, focal reducer 0.8x WO, Philips ToUcam Pro.

Toni Scarmato,
Calabria, Italy
Jan. 13, 2007

Comet easily visible at 16:45 to naked eye, magnitude estimated -4.7 FANTASTIC COMET. Only 10-15 deg more distant from the Sun and I can only imagine the show!

more images: from Jeremy Santizo of Guatemala City, Guatemala; from Marco Fulle of Passo del Brocon (1630m.a.s.l.), Trento, Italy; from Aaron Kennedy of Grand Forks, North Dakota; from Paolo Laquale of Altamura (BA) Italy; from Guy Blattmann near Grenoble, France; from Masa Nakamura of Otawara, Tochigi, Japan; from Graham Palmer of Hastings, New Zealand.