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Comet McNaught - Spectacular View Last Night
Posted By: FrostyinOz, 01-19-2007, 08:00 PM

Hi All

I was going to post these over at DPreview today but I can't seem to get onto their site. They may be having problems? Anyway I have been meaning to join here so that issue has given me the motivation.

Anyway the view of the comet was spectacular here in Western Australia last night. The following photos do not really do it justice but they are my attempt to capture the inspiring view. The photos were taken with a DL and a Tamron 18-200 lens. To give a sense of the size of the tail the second photo was taken with a focal length of about 120mm, to try to capture as much of the scene as possible.

For those interested in the location the photos were taken near Ferguson Valley (if you are interested in obscure Wine regions it is worth a visit on your way to Margaret River) in the hills to the East of Bunbury in Western Australia. The lights in the bottom right of the first photo are the town of Capel.

Hope you enjoy them.

Cheers
Kim





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01-19-2007, 08:16 PM   #2
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Thanks for sharing.

Because I rarely look up during the night, I've never really had a good chance to see the sky like this except in photos or books. Almost all of them are set with a DARK night time backdrop. I like the second one - it's different than what I see in a book. What time of day was this?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Alvin Quote
Thanks for sharing.

Because I rarely look up during the night, I've never really had a good chance to see the sky like this except in photos or books. Almost all of them are set with a DARK night time backdrop. I like the second one - it's different than what I see in a book. What time of day was this?
Hi Alvin, thanks for the reply.

The time was about 9.40pm (daylight saving time) so it was just at that time when the effect of the sunset is disappearing and stars are becoming visible. The Orange effect wasn't quite so ponounced but I was trying to capture the tail veiw of the comet and in getting this it probably over emphasised the orange on the horixon.

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thanks!! very nice shots.

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Very nice captures indeed!!!

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Amazing shots. Good for you
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Comet last night

Here's a view last night from Canberra



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Wow, both of you got the shot with the trail of the comet. This is impressive.
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Uhhh.....Wow! Spectacular captures! Like as if it's right out of a science fiction book.

When can we expect to see this again?
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When can we expect to see this again?
Still visible the next night or two and then probably another 40 years until we see another that easily visible..
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Two spectacular photos, thanks for sharing them.

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Very impressive! thanks for sharing!
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