Last Chances to See Comet McNaught in Melbourne (or Other S. Hemisphere Places)

January 28, 2007 at 5:15 pm Leave a comment

If you still haven’t got any chances to watch this comet, better be hurry. It’s not just the weather that matters. As the moon is getting brighter and higher up the sky for the next few evenings, combined with the reducing brightness of the comet itself as it travels away from us, you can on longer see it if you’re not far enough from city lights.

For the next few nights till the end of this month, you should be able to watch the comet in early morning as well, an hour or two prior to sunrise. By that time the moon is well set under your feet. If you’re in Victoria, Australia, the best time should be between 4:30am – 5:30am. Look for it in the SE to SSE direction of the sky, about 5 to 15 degrees above the horizon. You should go to a place that is completely free of city and suburban lights, at least in the direction of viewing. Far country is the best. In Victoria, most part of the coastline except that within Port Phillip Bay should be good for the purpose. If you can’t get to the coastline, Brisbane Ranges is probably the closest possible weatern inland location from the city. Avoid the alpine areas in the north east as the sky may be affected by bushfire smoke. Forget about Mt Dandenong as well as it is pretty much surrounded by offensive suburban lights.

Of course, if you’ve the luxury and weather permits, places like the Grampians, Wilson’s Promontory, or Port Campbell are probably the best bets. Good luck!


Entry filed under: astronomy, comet, McNaught, Photography.

More Comet McNaught Photos… My New Comet McNaught Gallery in Zazzle

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


January 2007
    Apr »

Most Recent Posts

%d bloggers like this: