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Old 18-01-2007, 11:04 PM
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Peter, nice shots. The close-up is very interesting. I noticed through binoculars that the nucleus/coma seems elongated, which I haven't seen before. Your shot does seem to show two 'blobs' joined together. Will be interesting to follow this. Of course, if it does split there should be a surge in brightness!!!

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Old 18-01-2007, 11:10 PM
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Here's my photos.
First is a crop taken with a Fuji FinePix F30 -contrast and brightness played with to enhance the view.
Also one taken hand held at the eye piece of my 6" F6 Dob - also contrast and brightness altered to enhance the tail.
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Old 18-01-2007, 11:16 PM
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Has anyone mentioned the shot by Graham Palmer in NZ?

http://www.spacew.com/gallery/image005564.html

Breathtaking.

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Old 18-01-2007, 11:17 PM
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OMG, I think the best image so far has just been posted on www.spaceweather.com, taken from South Africa. Oh for crystal clear skies and a perfect horizon...
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Old 18-01-2007, 11:19 PM
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Oops, I think Graham Palmer's may be better!!!
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Old 18-01-2007, 11:25 PM
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Has anyone mentioned the shot by Graham Palmer in NZ?

http://www.spacew.com/gallery/image005564.html

Breathtaking.

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WOW!
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Old 18-01-2007, 11:28 PM
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thats an over 30? degree violently curved tail (18mm = 70? d fov?) that andrew has captured there i believe, it would help that twilight is shorter for brisbanes latitude i would guess, nothin to sneeze at ey!
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Old 18-01-2007, 11:35 PM
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Can't compete with the NZ shot but just for the record, snapped these just before 9pm tonight (Thu) out of my window at Bondi.

Canon 300D on manual (around 1 sec at f/11, 400ISO) with kit 55-200 lens (at about 70mm and 200mm).

Similar cloud formations as in MortonH's nearby shots from Nielsen Park.
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Old 18-01-2007, 11:39 PM
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Aint this the funnest comet. Wow!!

It finally cleared here to for me to have my first clear shot at this sucker. Man what a stunner. Gobsmacked I'm so looking forward to tomorrow night and Saturday night and Sunday night ........

A series of images makes a great animation! Shame about the size though
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Old 18-01-2007, 11:42 PM
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Thanks for the lovely shots everyone, there was no luck at the Mt Kent domes due to consistent western weather, shame as the C20 DK could have given some great imaging detail.
Oh well maybe next time if it makes it back...lol
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Old 18-01-2007, 11:45 PM
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Glad ya finally got a better show Paul! there absolutle stunners! big pat on the back
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Old 18-01-2007, 11:48 PM
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Old 19-01-2007, 12:00 AM
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thats an over 30? degree violently curved tail (18mm = 70? d fov?) that andrew has captured there i believe, it would help that twilight is shorter for brisbanes latitude i would guess, nothin to sneeze at ey!
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I cropped that image a little, but it is easily over 20 degrees (assuming the 70 d fov) of the original. Just a shame the coma was behind the distant cloud bank, would have made a much better shot.
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Old 19-01-2007, 12:30 AM
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Wow, what can I say. Got my first good look at the comet tonight. The clouds cleared away for a magnificent naked eye view. Again, I snapped some shots afocally with the Dob, but tonight I got a lot more.

Image 1:
20 x 1/3 sec, stacked in Registax. Stretched to highlight the tail and composite layers applied in Photoshop to fix the saturated head.

Image 2:
14 x 1.5 sec, same processing as Image 1.

Image 3:
5 x 24 sec, stacked in Registax. You can really see the long streaming tail in this one. Unfortunately the head had already sank into the clouds by the time I got set up for it.
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Old 19-01-2007, 01:02 AM
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They came up well Andrew - particulalry the first close up one. Thanks for the use of your front lawn over the last week too mate - enjoyable to share it with another like minded soul
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Old 19-01-2007, 01:26 AM
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Graham's picture: I'm speechless! and Paul, yours are fantastic too.

This may or may not be the brightest and biggest comet in human history - but one thing is for sure, I bet it is by far the most photographed one already.
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Old 19-01-2007, 01:27 AM
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Comet McNaught from Brisbane

The weather in Brisbane cleared enough for me to get this image. It's a composite of 5 X 8 second exposures using a Canon Powershot S3.

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Nothing too flash compared to the other shots.

Here is a picture of a monster shaped cloud that ate the comet. Look carefully behind his back tooth. He'll need to floss that comet out. Got it on video too! Looks real cool with the comet going right into his mouth. I'll try to animate it and post it later.
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Kearn

I cropped that image a little, but it is easily over 20 degrees (assuming the 70 d fov) of the original. Just a shame the coma was behind the distant cloud bank, would have made a much better shot.
ahh thankyou Andrew, I jumped the gun a bit there, I am guessing the fov as I was thinking it was equivalent to a 28mm lens in 35mm film in fov which about 70d?, its a 1.6x factor with the 400d so ..28 divided by 1.6 = 17.5? close to it i guess - how much is it cropped by in percentage?
cheers for the info btw
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Old 19-01-2007, 07:34 AM
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Here is my attempt of the comet. We've been trying to catch it for a few days now. Early on we really thought we wouldn't see it because of the clouds. We went up to the local airport for a low horizon. So with trucks rumbling past and light aircraft zoom over we waited.

As the kids just began to get board and a bit cold we started to see the comet appear out of the twlight. What a beautiful site!

We couldn't resist watching until we lost it to the haze on the horizon.

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What a great comet!

Just wish I changed the ISO to lower number, bit grainy but I got it! These image are just resized and framed.
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