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Daytime Comet with clouds, the brightest to appear in 41 years. Comet McNaught is shown at Perihelion passage, just 7° from sun | by edhiker
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Daytime Comet with clouds, the brightest to appear in 41 years. Comet McNaught is shown at Perihelion passage, just 7° from sun

This photo was the winner for Solar System Imaging Contest at the annual RTMC Astronomy Expo, 2007 and published in Sky&Telescope.

 

Going through my shots of 1/12/07, I found this one with clouds - adds some perspective. Taken midday in the city of Los Angeles, Canon DSLR, 1400mm. Home ground optics.

 

It was fun watching the clouds passing comet McNaught, too bad I didn't have a video camera running for this event. A time-lapse after sunset series (movie) from a local 6800' mountain (darker skies) would have been neat.

 

I can't ever recall seeing a comet surrounded by wispy afternoon clouds, let alone from my location.

 

IMG_4843CC-BCr_Comet_Clouds_filtered Taken on 1/12/07 13:30 pst. Exposure was 1/1600 sec at ISO 200 Canon DSLR attached to an 8" f7 telsecope, home ground optics.

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Taken on January 12, 2007