Here are a series of images of
this remarkable object captured from locations in and around Melbourne, Australia.
Here are a series of images of this remarkable object captured from locations in and around Melbourne, Australia.
|Imaged on 2007 Jan 14 at 20:57 local time just a few minutes after sunset; the first view from the southern hemisphere. The inset shows a close up. It was not naked eye visible, but easy in 12x80 binoculars.
|Digital image taken on Jan 22, from south of Frankston, Victoria. The striae in the curving tail are clearly defined. Awesome!
|Film image taken on Jan 22; the higher resolution of film compared with my digital camera (4mp) allows more detail in the tail to be revealed.
|Jan 23; noticeably fainter this night - still magnificent.
|Jan 23; digital image by eyepiece projection through my 15cm f/4 Newtonian. The tail is split in two by a narrow dark lane.
|Jan 25; Comet is fading and moonlight brightens the sky.
|Jan 28; still an obvious naked eye object, but much less impressive because of moonlight; compare with images taken on the 22nd.
|Jan 29; easily seen with naked eye in darkish SSW sky despite 10 day old Moon; tail 5 degrees long.
|Imaged on the 12th February 2007, with the Large and Small Magellanic clouds above; 5min exposure through a 28mm lens at f/1.8. Comet was clearly visible to the naked eye - estimated magnitude +4.
|A close up on the 12th February. The Comet's fantail was beautiful viewed through binoculars; 5min exposure through a 180mm lend at f/2.5.
|A very wide angle view imaged on the 17th February; Comet was just visible to the naked eye. Here it is (bottom left) sharing stage with the Magellanic Clouds and Milky Way field from Scorpius to Canis Major; 30min exposure through a 16mm lens at f/2.8.