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Comet McNaught - January 2007

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Comet McNaught - January 2007

Unread postby Timepilot » Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:26 am

Back in January 2007 we had a magnificent view of Comet McNaught for about 5 days. I spent most of these evenings down in Fremantly on one of the main hills right on the waterfront, which gave me a clear view as the comet soared overhead. This comet is a non-periodic comet so it will be a while before we see it like this again :wink:

This was our first summer of the trial daylight savings time so we were sitting at close to 21H00 in the evening and it was only the beginning of nautical twilight.

In the astronomy quiz I recently asked a question about apparent magnitude and it's relationship to the brightness of Comet McNaught. As OWN so ably answered, Comet McNaught was on a par with the second brightest star in our firmament.

The following photos were taking on film with a 55mm lens and then digitised, so not the best quality, but are a good example of exactly how bright this comet was.

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Re: Comet McNaught - January 2007

Unread postby JenB » Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:46 am

Timepilot, nice pics! :D
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Re: Comet McNaught - January 2007

Unread postby Timepilot » Fri Nov 20, 2009 5:37 am

Thanks JenB :thumbs_up:
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Re: Comet McNaught - January 2007

Unread postby pantera leo » Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:07 pm

:big_eyes: WOW what an awesome sight TP! Must have been wonderful watching it! :clap: :mrgreen:

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Re: Comet McNaught - January 2007

Unread postby Timepilot » Tue Nov 24, 2009 5:02 am

PL, it certainly was - I went down 3 nights on the trot because it was such phenomenal sight.

I saw comet Hale-Bopp back in the mid 90's as well - but it was really low on the horizon just after sunset and fairly faint. This would of much greater magnitude and high in the sky so very easy to see.
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Re: Comet McNaught - January 2007

Unread postby oddesy » Tue Nov 24, 2009 3:35 pm

Must have been a sight!! :mrgreen: and its really bright as it does not look all that dark yet
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Re: Comet McNaught - January 2007

Unread postby Timepilot » Wed Nov 25, 2009 2:17 am

Ods, when the pics were taken, the sun was about 5 or so minutes below the horizon. It was very visible with the naked eye and using optics it almost looked like a small planet!
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Re: Comet McNaught - January 2007

Unread postby oddesy » Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:06 am

Great stuff, thanks TP thats something i hope i see one day :pray: :thumbs_up:
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Re: Comet McNaught - January 2007

Unread postby TheunsH » Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:54 am

Beautiful photos Timepilot...thanks for sharing your sighting! :thumbs_up:


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