C/2006 P1 (McNaught)

  Comet C/2006 P1 (McNaught)


This was truly a GREAT comet, unfortunately it was MUCH greater in the southern hemisphere.  We only got 3-5 days to see it here, depending on the weather.  I still managed to make good sketches and take some photos.  It was VERY COLD. 
Locally, some folks were upset that no one gave them early notice on this comet, but it wasn't expected to be anywhere near this good.  It approached perhelion from the side opposite the sun.   Checking the internet daily for comets paid off on this one.
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The First observing report is shown on the right.  I went to a fairly local site with a good western horizon, half not expecting to find it.  Of course, upon finding it I got pretty excited and called Jim Roe, who was looking for it from his backyard. 
The next evening it was planned to get a really good observing point, at the Weldon Springs Interpretive Center, from the top of the containment mound.  It was bitter cold with plenty of wind up there, but I managed to jot drawings and take a photo.  All too quickly it had set.
Below is my 2nd report, and the corresponding photo is on the right column.
And my 3rd (Last) observing report (again, the corresponding photo is shown in the column at right) :
FIRST Observing Report:


First photo:  DSC_3658   Taken on January 9, 2007 at 5:44pm CST
(Sony Cybershot DSC-075, ISO 100, F3.5 at 1.3 seconds)
Image taken from Weldon Springs, MO
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This image taken on 1/10/07 at 5:36PM CST
from Weldon Springs, MO
(Sony Cybershot DSC-075, unknown setting, cropped (enlarged).