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Miguel Herrera ,
MalargŁe, Argentina.
Jan. 19, 2007
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6

Taken flying from of MalargŁe, Mendoza, Argentina.
Sure it was a very exciting moment because it was the first time I had an opportunity to have a front seat view of a comet. Photo #3 shows how it approx. looked with the naked eye.
MalargŁe is a city located some 420km south of Mendoza City, capital of the province with the same name, on the western side of Argentina, by the Andes. We have a privileged sky, free of pollution and with a big percentage of cloudless days throughout the year. This is the reason the Pierre Auger Observatory was installed in this region to study cosmic rays.
On these conditions it has been possible to capture the details of the tail; otherwise with the naked eye one could guess the tail was so big. The photo was taken around 11 PM local time.
I'm also sending a series of photos that I put together in a comet realplayer/quicktime animation. This is a series of approx. 150 photos are 2 sec exposures in 10 seconds intervals. Here you can see the comet as it sets on the west.

Photo details:
Camara Nikon D-50, 1600 ASA - f:5.6, Expo 30 sec.


Peter Terren ,
Bunbury, Western Australia.
Jan. 22, 2007 (9.09pm local time)
#1

After taking a bunch of shots the previous nights, I came to take more at the lookout over the beach at Dalyellup in Bunbury on a windy but clear twilight. The sloping grass verge gives a great lineup to get people in the line of view near the comet.
Naked eye appearance shows a tail that is about half the length but still a right angle curve.

Photo details:
With Nikon D70s camera, 184.3 seconds exposure, F/3.5, 18mm focal,


Claus Riding ,
Ceres, South Africa.
Jan. 20, 2007 (9.00pm local time)
#1, #2, #3

I have also posted a picture (somewhat out of focus) of the comet with the setting moon.

Photo details:
Camera DMC-FZ20, 8s exposure, 6s exposure, ISO 100, 72mm focal, F/2,8


Leandro Tenaglia ,
Rosario, Argentina.
Jan. 20, 2007 (9.30pm local time = 00:30 UT)
#1, #2

You can see at least 50 degrees of tail in the picture, visually with the naked eye 35 degrees were easily visible.

Photo details:
Camera Canon Rebel XT. 30 seconds @ f/5.6 ; ISO 1600


Michael Daniels ,
Ipswich, Qld Australia.
Jan. 20, 2007
#1

Probably the most impressive I've seen, better than Hale Bopp, comet is gettting fainter.

Photo details:
using an Olympus C760 camera, 2sec shutter and 6x zoom.


WASA ,
Nth Sydney, Australia.
Jan. 20, 2007 (8.21pm)
#1

Got eaten alive by the mosquitos that were out and about at that time, but all in a days work taking photos.
At arms length, and at full hand span that is how long you can actually see the tail by eye, very spectacular.
I remember looking at Halley's comet in 86 with my kids and I remember saying to them "you will get to see this one come back in 76 years so remember this night".
We had to use my telescope 60x ny 70 mm lens back then to get a decent look at it ,and only very small photos with a 35 mm film.
This time I have my new set of Binoculars as well 20x by 80 mm lens's fantastic to see the McNaught comet thro (you can't get the whole comet in the view)
Tonight (21st) was full of cloud here so no show and we have a big bush fire in the region on the F3 expressway ,so that might be it as I could see the moon starting to be in the night sky and that will wash the comet out .

Photo details:
Sony cyber Shot F828, F 2.0, 30 Sec, ISO 200


Volkmar G. Dobat ,
East London, South Africa.
Jan. 21, 2007 (~8.35 pm local time (+ 2h GMT))
#1, #2

The Comet C/2006 P1 was visible for approx. 45 minutes, compare to the 18 Jan 2007 the Comet lost a lot of brightness and is fading very fast.

Photo details:
Nikon D50, lens 70 - 300mm at 300 mm f 5.6, 800 ASA setting, approx 8 sec Exposure time, 6.2 Meg. Resolution.


Peter Hall-Green ,
Queenstown, South Africa.
Jan. 20, 2007 (8.15pm local time)
#1

We had good sightings of the comet from about half an hour after sunset on 18, 19 and 20 January 2007 from the outskirts of Queenstown, South Africa. One hour after sunset, although the picture does not do the spectacle justice !

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Grant ,
Port Macquarie, Australia.
Jan. 20, 2007 (9.04pm local time)
#1

We had good sightings of the comet from about half an hour after sunset on 18, 19 and 20 January 2007 from the outskirts of Queenstown, South Africa. One hour after sunset, although the picture does not do the spectacle justice !

Photo details:
Taken with a canon A620 power shot.