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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

Lance Andrewes,
Upper Hutt, New Zealand
Jan. 27, 2007

After two weeks of cloudy evenings, luck was finally with me.

Photo details: Canon 20D, 70-200 mm lens @ 200mm, 4 sec exposure at f/5.6. Taken at 21:49 NZ Daylight Time.

Ian Cooper,
Glen Oroua, Manawatu, North Island, New Zealand
Jan. 26, 2007
#1, #2

Even with a 1st quarter moon around the tail could be seen out to 25 degrees, and this became 30 when the moon set. The magnitude of the coma was about +2.1, The overall appearance has gone from being a mirror image of Comet West to looking like Ikeya-Seki in reverse.

Photo details: Nikon F camera, 50mm lens at f/2. 30 second exposures on Fuji Xtra 800 film.

Marcelo Brignardello,
CHAJARI, Entre Rios, Argentina
Jan. 26, 2007

Atrapando el cometa para ti - 21:23 hs.!

Photo details: SONY DSC-H1, ISO200, 30s, F3.5

Barry Kilner,
Brighton , South Australia
Jan. 27, 2007
#1, more

The moon was very bright tonight and we could see our shadows, but that didn't stop Comet McNaught, still an easy naked eye target.

Photo details: Canon 20D, 18-55 mm lens, iso 1600.

Gary Hill,
Wingham, N.S.W. Australia
Jan. 26, 2007

Photo details: Canon 300D, 80 second exposure (piggybacked on EQ mount), 35mm lens @ f/3.5 set to ISO 400.

Rudi Vavra,
near Moss Vale, New South Wales, Australia
Jan. 26, 2007
#1, #2, #3

Comet McNaught does not seem to mind the moonlight too much. It is still a strikingly beautiful comet with a tail that easily spans over 20 degrees, even in these conditions.

Photo details: Canon EOS 5D, 24mm lens, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 30 sec.

Grahame Kelaher,
Mudgee Observatory, NSW, Australia
Jan. 26, 2007
#1, more

Comet McNaught is still putting on a great show, evan under a 57% moonlit night. This shot has the International Space Station transiting and the small Magellenic cloud visible.

Photo details: Canon 20D, ISO400, f3.5, 309 seconds.

Trevor Mackie,
Cape Bridgewater, west of Portland Victoria, Australia.
Jan. 25, 2007

Photo details: Canon 5D, Hutech modded, 50mm lens, f/1.4 @1.4, 13 second exposure at ISO 3200.

Alan Yim (Berrynose),
Torquay, Victoria, Australia
Jan. 24, 2007
#1, #2, more

Comet by the power transmission lines. The sky was lit by the quarter moon that was probably the reason why a large part of the comet's dust tail faded away.

Photo details: Nikon F3, Fuji Provia 400F exposed at ISO 800, 15-30 sec, 50mm lens at f/1.2 - f/2.0

more images: from Bruce Kercher on Palm Beach near Sydney, Australia; from Mike Smith of Bowral, New South Wales, Australia; from James Stewart of Adelaide, South Australia;