Welcome to my southern comets web site.

Here you will find images and photos of past comets visible from the southern hemisphere, plus other observations of interest.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no further updates to this webpage.

An alternative website is being reconstructed at:


which includes currently observable comets.

Web Page last updated on 10-Sep-2011.

Members of the general public should read these astronomical and comet definitions , essential observing tips , and how to do simple comet photography.


The Great Comet of 2007 - C/2006 P1 McNaught

The brightest comet to be seen in 42 years, approached to within 0.17 AU of the Sun on Jan 12, 2007, where it achieved a maximum brightness of magnitude -5.5, exceeding Venus in brilliance and observable during the daytime hours. See my photographic record of this spectacular event here

Eclipse Mongolia 2008

Canon 300D digital camera and 300mm zoom lens cropped. ISO 100.
combined 2x1 second exposures. Unsharp mask processing. Note the intricate detail in the coronal filaments, marking the magnetic field lines of the Sun. You can also see subtle detail on the lunar surface. The Magnitude 4.0 star delta Cancri can be seen to the lower right.

Canon 300D digital camera and 300mm zoom lens cropped. ISO 100.
Exposure times from left to right. 1sec, 1/200, 1/200.
Taken near Bulgan gol in western Mongolia.

Unsharp masking to reveal detail in the corona.

Read all about our Mongolian eclipse expedition at:


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