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McNaughts Comet Eyre Peninsula South Australia

Published in Discover Magazine 2007

Used by NASA to promote the SOFIA Program in 2009


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McNaught Comet over Big Swamp South Australia.

Discovered by Australian Robert McNaught in August 2006.


Canon 5D

2007:01:22 21:42:10

24-105mm @ 24mm

30 sec, f/4

Mode: Manual

Metering: Evaluative

ISO: 800

AF mode: Manual Focus

Drive: Single frame shooting

Self-timer: 10 secs

White balance: Daylight

Flash: Off

File size: 10.8MB

Image size: 4368 x 2912

Color space: AdobeRGB

Saturation: Normal

Sharpness: 3

Contrast: Normal

Sharpness level: 3

Tone: Normal

Custom Functions:

CFn 2: Long exposure noise reduction: On

RAW converted in Breeze Browser Pro.


Why 24mm focal length?


Photographed the week before with a 100 - 400mm and missed most of the tail.

Wanted to give the comet a sense of scale/size by going wide and including the two trees (living and dead) and the swamp.


Watch out for a future copy of Discover Magazine (USA) with this photo as it Masthead Image, Horizons 9th Edition in 2009 and the Kodak Bill Board in Times Square New York :)


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Taken on January 22, 2007