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Trev
15-01-2007, 09:04 AM
Comet McNaught is in our skies at the moment and is the brightest comet seen for over 30 years, infact it can even be seen in broad daylight. Be careful though as it is very close to the sun. Put your fist on edge of sun and it should be about a fists width out. Haven't tried it here as it is a bit cloudy. See link below.
http://www.spaceweather.com/

Trevor :)

Terry Porritt
15-01-2007, 11:38 AM
Also with info for southern hemisphere:

http://skytonight.com/observing/highlights/5133461.html

Greg
15-01-2007, 02:01 PM
Drat. The sky's completely cloudless around the sun at the moment but I can't find the silly thing. :(

Terry Porritt
15-01-2007, 02:37 PM
Of course you wont see it, Trevs reference is for the Northern Hemisphere. It should be visible in the WSW, evenings very shortly, we have hills obscuring to the west, so wont be able to see it yet without going to a better position.

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap070113.html

Greg
15-01-2007, 02:52 PM
Of course you wont see it, Trevs reference is for the Northern Hemisphere.Oh, the NORTHERN HEMISPHERE hey? Hah silly me for missing that non-existant piece of information in his post!

Trev
15-01-2007, 03:23 PM
Yes you should be able to see it in the day time whether you are in the Northern or Southern hemisphere. Makes no differance just look for on the opposite side of the sun to what they say for the Northern Hemisphere.
Why should it make any difference???

Trevor :)

Terry Porritt
15-01-2007, 03:43 PM
Yes you should be able to see it in the day time whether you are in the Northern or Southern hemisphere. Makes no differance just look for on the opposite side of the sun to what they say for the Northern Hemisphere.
Why should it make any difference???

Trevor :)

...........as the text books say....that is left as an exercise for the reader :)

Trev
15-01-2007, 04:08 PM
Amateur astronomer for 40 years.

Trevor :)

Terry Porritt
15-01-2007, 04:29 PM
Amateur astronomer for 40 years.

Trevor :)

I'm surprised then you haven't yet noticed that the Earth is rather a dense body, difficult to see through.

I mean it is difficult to see the Pole Star from the southern hemisphere, or the Southern Cross from the northern hemisphere, no matter which direction you look in.

Terry Porritt
15-01-2007, 05:14 PM
I was only joking by the way :), but this is an interesting site:

http://www.shadowandsubstance.com/

The comet is moving very rapidly, and the situation is changing day by day.

Graham L
15-01-2007, 05:19 PM
Perhaps he has a neutrino telescope. :D But I've already seen it in bright daylight. SOHO has a wonderful picture. You can't beat being close up to it, even by proxy.

This one is a lot better than Kohoutek. I think I saw Halley. I saw something where it was supposed to be on a couple of nights.

mejobloggs
15-01-2007, 05:32 PM
Aaah my eyes! The goggles! They do nothing!

I guess that will teach me for searching for comets close to the sun

Terry Porritt
15-01-2007, 05:50 PM
Try looking in the western sky during the evening.

The comet is now below the ecliptic plane which is why it is now the southern hemispheres turn for a view.

Graham L
16-01-2007, 12:06 PM
And the clouds are consistently above the horizon here. What comet? What stars? :(

stu161204
18-01-2007, 08:46 PM
Does any one know if Auckland can still see it? (E.g. with there eye) (The reason why I say as tonight is really the first night that Auckland sky’s have not been coved in cloud)

Dannz
18-01-2007, 08:49 PM
I cant see anything here...

Greg
18-01-2007, 09:47 PM
Me neither :(

jermsie
18-01-2007, 09:52 PM
Ofcourse, being lucky old christchurch, the cloud decides to speedily climb higher and higher over the sun

Chrisn
18-01-2007, 10:46 PM
Here is a photo taken about 2 hours ago from my backyard, i got my telescope out but i reckon the naked eye is better than any lens
http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/cometmcnaughtchrisn1.jpg

:dogeye:

Dannz
18-01-2007, 11:01 PM
Here is a photo taken about 2 hours ago from my backyard, i got my telescope out but i reckon the naked eye is better than any lens
http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/cometmcnaughtchrisn1.jpg

:dogeye:
Oh you lucky sod you :p

I wanted to see it

bob_doe_nz
18-01-2007, 11:04 PM
Here is a photo taken about 2 hours ago from my backyard, i got my telescope out but i reckon the naked eye is better than any lens
http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/cometmcnaughtchrisn1.jpg

:dogeye:

Cheers for that. I never could be bothered to look out towards the sky since I'm at about Sea level in South Auckland and surrounded by lots of houses and trees.

hsv-b0y
18-01-2007, 11:40 PM
Excellent view from Hamilton! Got to watch it disappear over the horizon.

Trev
18-01-2007, 11:41 PM
Here is a photo taken about 2 hours ago from my backyard, i got my telescope out but i reckon the naked eye is better than any lens
http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/cometmcnaughtchrisn1.jpg

:dogeye:

About what time was it taken. How long after sunset.
I tried looking tonight with a pair of 7x50 binoculars without any luck. There was quite a bit of high cloud around on the western horizon.

Trevor :)

stu161204
18-01-2007, 11:50 PM
I wanted to see it

Same here :(

But nice photo Chrisn :) nice work getting it!

Rob99
19-01-2007, 12:50 AM
Here is a photo taken about 2 hours ago from my backyardYou need to adjust the time on your camera
http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/cometmcnaughtchrisn1-jpg-properties.png

Trev
19-01-2007, 03:37 PM
A couple of friends of mine saw it from Napier last night with the naked eye about a quarter to nine/nine oclock, and here I am didn't see a thing with my binoculars.

Trevor :)

Dannz
19-01-2007, 04:10 PM
Where were they looking in napier? (ie where in the sky)

Trev
19-01-2007, 05:20 PM
South Western Horizon.
Check diagram here.
http://skytonight.com/observing/highlights/5133461.html
If you can see the Planet Venus move along to the left and according to the chart the comet should be about the same height.

Trevor :)

Chrisn
19-01-2007, 05:40 PM
You need to adjust the time on your camera
http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/cometmcnaughtchrisn1-jpg-properties.png
ive only had that camera for 3 days lol :rolleyes:

FoxyMX
19-01-2007, 06:02 PM
Stole the link to this photo (http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c160/antsinlondon/P1180108a.jpg) from another forum taken last night at Auckland (I think). I hope our current clear skies stay that way so we can have a peek at it tonight.

stu161204
19-01-2007, 07:01 PM
Stole the link to this photo (http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c160/antsinlondon/P1180108a.jpg) from another forum taken last night at Auckland (I think).

Can I ask which forum? So I can find out where & which direction & time.


I hope our current clear skies stay that way so we can have a peek at it tonight.

It does not look good up here in Auckland to see it: http://stuartw.orcon.net.nz/press_f1/P1190015.jpg from my place @ 6:13 pm aprox

This http://stuartw.orcon.net.nz/press_f1/P1180014.jpg was want it look like from my place last night at 8:43 pm aprox

Chrisn
19-01-2007, 07:06 PM
you could allways wait till the morning theres not normally much clouds in mornings.

stu161204
19-01-2007, 07:42 PM
you could allways wait till the morning theres not normally much clouds in mornings.

I am not a morning person :p :waughh: :nerd:

Chrisn
19-01-2007, 07:57 PM
The direction you need to look at is the same for the whole southern hemipshere give or take a few degrees, if your looking towards the horizon where the sun sets it will be about a handspan up and a hand span left from the sun(about the same as venus but on the left not the right if you look to the right of the sun you will see venus not a comet) crossing the horizon at around 8:30 if theres no clouds you WONT miss it :), it should go past the horizon out of view at around 10 10:30 IIRC,

Thanks
Chris

Dannz
19-01-2007, 08:28 PM
you could allways wait till the morning theres not normally much clouds in mornings.

What time in the morning?

FoxyMX
19-01-2007, 08:30 PM
I hope our current clear skies stay that way so we can have a peek at it tonight.

They didn't. :(

Chrisn
19-01-2007, 08:43 PM
actually if im lucky, where I am i might get a chance to see it though gaps in the clouds. :waughh:

Trev
19-01-2007, 09:48 PM
You won't see it in the morning as it well be on the wrong side of the sun ie rising after the sun is up. I have just seen it tonight from Napier 9-30pm before it went behind the clouds. It was higher than I expected above the horizon. To the naked eye it appears as a brightish long streak, but with my 7x50 binoculars you can see the comet itself.

Dannz
19-01-2007, 09:55 PM
where were ya trev? i was up top of sugarloaf.

got some great photos
http://photos.danielandgemma.com/v/daniel/mcnaught/

stu161204
19-01-2007, 10:02 PM
Very cool Daniel :)

Chrisn
19-01-2007, 10:03 PM
You won't see it in the morning as it well be on the wrong side of the sun ie rising after the sun is up. I have just seen it tonight from Napier 9-30pm before it went behind the clouds. It was higher than I expected above the horizon. To the naked eye it appears as a brightish long streak, but with my 7x50 binoculars you can see the comet itself.

Curently it can be viewed in the morning as well as evening.

Dannz
19-01-2007, 10:06 PM
Curently it can be viewed in the morning as well as evening.

At what time?

Trev
19-01-2007, 10:13 PM
where were ya trev? i was up top of sugarloaf.

got some great photos
http://photos.danielandgemma.com/v/daniel/mcnaught/

I could see it from my place in Douglas Mclean Ave by Whitmore Park. I look right over the park to the mountains.

Trevor :)

Dannz
19-01-2007, 10:25 PM
i could probably see it from home too, but its more exciting being with a whole lot of other people who are excited :p

Chrisn
19-01-2007, 10:28 PM
At what time?

at sunrise I guess. :)

heres my pics for tonight and like last night I dont have a tripod becuase this camera is only just new :thumbs: , the tripod for our old camera isnt compatible :annoyed:

http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/IMG_0129.JPG (you might not see it but it Is there)

http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/IMG_0140.JPG

http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/IMG_0145.JPG

http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/IMG_0157.JPG

http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/IMG_0158.JPG

well lets see how tomorrow night goes, hopefully ALOT less clouds :yuck:

stu161204
19-01-2007, 10:58 PM
Did anyway in Auckland see it?

Strommer
20-01-2007, 07:51 AM
Wow! As I was driving home last night I almost drove off the road when I saw McNaught. It is much better than Haley's Comet. I can see why some people thought it was an airplane or satellite burning up. I actually stopped the car in the middle of the road (rural, Mt Holdsworth area) to see it. On the way into Masterton I could see it clearly in the rear view mirror. Amazing.

Either Daniel's camera was at fault or the time and place for me was different, but those photos do not portray McNaught correctly - it was much bigger and brighter for me.

BTW the time was 10 pm.

pcuser42
20-01-2007, 08:29 AM
I saw the comet, in the middle of Papakura, but before Mum could get a photo, it disappeared behind a cloud. :(

Trev
20-01-2007, 08:49 AM
Wow! As I was driving home last night I almost drove off the road when I saw McNaught. It is much better than Haley's Comet. I can see why some people thought it was an airplane or satellite burning up. I actually stopped the car in the middle of the road (rural, Mt Holdsworth area) to see it. On the way into Masterton I could see it clearly in the rear view mirror. Amazing.

Either Daniel's camera was at fault or the time and place for me was different, but those photos do not portray McNaught correctly - it was much bigger and brighter for me.

BTW the time was 10 pm.

I think by 10pm it would of almost been on the horizon or below it. Yes Dan's photo's show it about right apart from the movement of the camera. I would suggest Dan that you use a tripod so you don't get any camera movement and also try differant shutter speends up to 1/30 th of a second, any more than that you well pick up the movement of the earth.

The other reason it may appear brighter to you Steve is that you were in the country while we have to contend with city lights. And if it was the comet you saw it would of been on the south western horizon.

Trevor :)

FoxyMX
20-01-2007, 09:28 AM
heres my pics for tonight and like last night I dont have a tripod becuase this camera is only just new :thumbs: , the tripod for our old camera isnt compatible :annoyed:


Geez Chrisn, nice photos but next time please shrink them down a bit or at least post an indication of the size of them. Some poor souls are still on dialup you know. :waughh: :p

It is still cloudy down here so it looks like I'm never going to get a peek at this comet. :(

Dannz
20-01-2007, 09:46 AM
I think by 10pm it would of almost been on the horizon or below it. Yes Dan's photo's show it about right apart from the movement of the camera. I would suggest Dan that you use a tripod so you don't get any camera movement and also try differant shutter speends up to 1/30 th of a second, any more than that you well pick up the movement of the earth.

Will do so tonight. We are also getting a professional photographer (friend) up tonight, to take some photos :D

stu161204
20-01-2007, 10:51 AM
It is still cloudy down here so it looks like I'm never going to get a peek at this comet. :(

Your not the only one FoxyMX ;)

Dannz
20-01-2007, 11:34 AM
Not a cloud in the sky here....

Chrisn
20-01-2007, 08:31 PM
Unfortunatly its raining here, ill need a miracle to get it to go away. absolutly no chance of seeing it tonight :groan:

hopefully its still around tomorrow night and the bad weather holds back.

:D

Chrisn
21-01-2007, 10:42 PM
It was absolutly awesome tonight, the tail was more bright and much longer, about 3 times longer than other nights. and also visible for about 2 hours!. :horrified :stare: :cool: :thumbs:

unfortunatly, my pics didnt come out very well, but i am DEFINITLY getting a tripod tomorrow. and will turn the exposure time up on my camera to collect more light. and it wont move as well. :D

bob_doe_nz
21-01-2007, 10:43 PM
Lucky you, too many clouds before. DAMMIT!

stu161204
21-01-2007, 10:47 PM
Lucky you, too many clouds before. DAMMIT!

it looks like Auckland is not meant to see it :p

rob_on_guitar
22-01-2007, 04:42 AM
I saw it two nights ago, I just about crashed my car as I turned down a road and right in the middle of the sky was this rather huge comet..... almost did a "where's Bruce Willis and the drill crew?" rant, then remembered seeing it on the news...

Strommer
22-01-2007, 08:30 AM
I think by 10pm it would of almost been on the horizon or below it. ... brighter to you Steve is that you were in the country while we have to contend with city lights. And if it was the comet you saw it would of been on the south western horizon.

Hi Trevor. It was definitely not on the horizon... or below it!!! :lol:

If you stretch your arm out straight and do a thumbs up :thumbs: the comet was above the thumb - yes, surprisingly high for that time of night. Sure, being in the country allowed the comet to appear brighter, in fact the head of the comet was sort of firey orange, so I can understand why some people thought it was a plane or satellite burning up.

I have a tripod but my wife has the good digital camera (manual settings, we also have a Kodak but auto only) in London at the moment so when she returns on Wednesday I'll drive out on that rural road again. Will try to get a friend to come with me as his digcam has 10 or 12x zoom whereas mine is only 3x.

Rob99
23-01-2007, 03:01 AM
Great show in Christchurch tonight
http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/DSCF2401.JPG

Strommer
23-01-2007, 08:19 AM
Nice photo Rob. How long was the exposure and at what ISO ?

Rob99
23-01-2007, 10:07 AM
How long was the exposure and at what ISO ?15 sec and ISO 400. This was taken around 10pm, hopefully I can catch it earlier tonight and get some more colour in the sky.

Chrisn
23-01-2007, 05:34 PM
I got some small photos last night on around 15 second exposure but i left the photo size on small and low quality when playing with camera earlyer, im so damn pissed!!!, tonight i will try again :P its just getting less bright each night :(
hopefully its not as cloudy as it waslast night for me.

stu161204
23-01-2007, 05:36 PM
You guys are so lucky to have been able to see it! :), it has been way too cloudy up here in Auckland to see it :(

bob_doe_nz
23-01-2007, 06:37 PM
You guys are so lucky to have been able to see it! :), it has been way too cloudy up here in Auckland to see it :(

Whadda ya mean?
I was up on Mt Eden last night (9PM - 10PM) along with about a hundred or so other people and we all got to see the comet, though you really did need a pair of binoculars for oohing and ahhing.

stu161204
23-01-2007, 06:45 PM
Whadda ya mean?
I was up on Mt Eden last night (9PM - 10PM) along with about a hundred or so other people and we all got to see the comet, though you really did need a pair of binoculars for oohing and ahhing.

If you can see it then you will have to go up some where high. (& I am even on a hill & can see Mt Eden from my place)

Chrisn
23-01-2007, 10:29 PM
got a few good pics.but there still quite a few clouds hanging around

http://s145.photobucket.com/albums/r240/Chrisn15/

:thumbs:

:D

Trev
23-01-2007, 10:50 PM
My Desk Top.
http://users.actrix.co.nz/trevw/Desktop.JPG
Trevor :)

Chrisn
23-01-2007, 10:52 PM
wheres all the icons? ;)

Trev
24-01-2007, 07:14 AM
Turned them off.

Trevor :)

Greg
24-01-2007, 10:55 AM
We saw it last night for the first time. Yay! :thumbs:

stu161204
24-01-2007, 02:47 PM
We saw it last night for the first time. Yay! :thumbs:

:groan: :rolleyes:

stu161204
24-01-2007, 02:49 PM
Does any one have any tips on how to see this Comet? (Part from going up one of the volcanoes in Auckland).

stu161204
24-01-2007, 02:49 PM
We saw it last night for the first time. Yay! :thumbs:

What time & where in the sky did you see it?

Trev
24-01-2007, 02:59 PM
Between 9-30 and 10pm SSW low down, but it well become increaseingly harder to see due to the moon, as it is heading for a full moon.

Trevor :)

Chrisn
24-01-2007, 03:55 PM
Does any one have any tips on how to see this Comet? (Part from going up one of the volcanoes in Auckland).

go to were there is the least amount of light possible, like no street lights and stuff, and where there is no trees blocking the horizon, where i live in mauku,( near pukekohe) is good, so is kariotahi beach on the east coast just outside of waiuku.

Chrisn
24-01-2007, 03:58 PM
Between 9-30 and 10pm SSW low down, but it well become increaseingly harder to see due to the moon, as it is heading for a full moon.

Trevor :)

you can see it earlyer if you have good eyes, and you can see it until at least 10:30, depending on cloud cover.:D

stu161204
24-01-2007, 04:27 PM
go to were there is the least amount of light possible, like no street lights and stuff, and where there is no trees blocking the horizon,

Would the horizon be above the hills in this pic: http://stuartw.orcon.net.nz/press_f1/P1180014.jpg ? (taken all most pointing SW)

bob_doe_nz
24-01-2007, 05:03 PM
:groan: :rolleyes:

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Graham L
24-01-2007, 05:05 PM
It doesn't matter where the horizon is, or how bright the moon is when there's cloud all over. :(

martynz
28-01-2007, 06:59 PM
About 10.30pm last night there was so many cars driving around the south coast of Wellington I assumed there must have been a tsunami warning.
But I was wrong, they were full of people who had read in the Dom. Post that it would be a good night for viewing the comet.
Unfortunately the sky was a little hazy and they were driving too fast. If they had bothered to stop and had a good look they might have seen it but I suspect they were all following the car in front assuming that was going to a better vantage point.

Martynz

Chrisn
28-01-2007, 08:45 PM
About 10.30pm last night there was so many cars driving around the south coast of Wellington I assumed there must have been a tsunami warning.
But I was wrong, they were full of people who had read in the Dom. Post that it would be a good night for viewing the comet.
Unfortunately the sky was a little hazy and they were driving too fast. If they had bothered to stop and had a good look they might have seen it but I suspect they were all following the car in front assuming that was going to a better vantage point.

Martynz
rofl, just follow the sheep :rolleyes:

Trev
30-01-2007, 11:27 AM
Comet McNaught is now visible in the morning sky before sunrise from the northern latitudes of NZ and if you live down about Queenstown Latitude it is visible all night long. See images on http://www.spaceweather.com/

Trevor :)

Graham L
30-01-2007, 12:04 PM
I don't believe it exists. If it was a bright comet it would shine through the clouds. :D I bet the Tunguska one would have been visible. :cool:

Strommer
31-01-2007, 05:37 PM
We were at Castlepoint for a several days (on the coast east of Masterton) and saw the comet Monday night. But it was far diminished from what I saw on that rural road two weeks ago. With a good pair of binoculars my wife was impressed, not having seen it previously.

Using Trev's link, this is a fantasic photo of the comet:
http://www.spaceweather.com/comets/mcnaught/28jan07/Yoneto1.jpg
Comet McNaught is now a circumpolar object over New Zealand--"we can see the comet all night long," says Minoru Yoneto of Queenstown, NZ, who took advantage of the extra observing time to make a spectacular 5-minute exposure of the comet...

The spectacular view that I saw two weeks ago was similar to this:
http://www.yubanet.com/artman/publish/article_49682.shtml
....or this one....
http://www.stuff.co.nz/bayofplenty/3933727a6004.html
...but without the city lights, so you can imagine why I nearly drove off the road!

Has anyone seen it early in the morning, recently?

Trev
31-01-2007, 07:03 PM
Yes I saw it last night, but with moon light and city lights, could only see it through binoculars.

Trevor :)