The beautiful Comet McNaught, whose tail spread across the sky.

Taken in the Hunter Valley, NSW Australia in January 2007

Taken with a Canon 350D + Sigma 17-70mm lens, 90s exposure.

A look at the capture of this image: From the Vault: Comet McNaught C/2006 P1

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My name is Mike Salway and I’m an amateur astronomer and photographer.

I’m the co-founder of the Amateur Astronomy community site, IceInSpace, and my personal blog site and image gallery is at

I love high resolution planetary imaging and deep-space imaging using a telescope, and I love capturing wide field vistas that involve a lovely foreground scene combined with astronomical interest in the sky.

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  • Damian Harding
    Damian Hardingalmost 6 years ago

    wow..awesome shot !!

  • Mike Salway
    Mike Salwayalmost 6 years ago

    Thanks Damian, much appreciated.

  • Alistair Wilson
    Alistair Wilsonalmost 6 years ago

    oh wow, this is amazing mike

  • Thanks Alistair. It’s a weekend I’ll never forget.

    – Mike Salway

  • bevanimage
    bevanimagealmost 6 years ago

    What a brilliant “cometary”, Mike. Well done!

  • Thanks Bevan, I appreciate your comments

    – Mike Salway

  • Karen K Smith
    Karen K Smithalmost 6 years ago

    Incredible shot and capture!

  • Thanks Karen – it was difficult to take a bad picture of such a brilliant comet :)

    – Mike Salway

  • Cassie Robinson
    Cassie Robinsonalmost 6 years ago


  • Thanks for taking a look, Cassie.

    – Mike Salway

  • Gino Iori
    Gino Iorialmost 6 years ago

    Stunning capture Mike – well done !

  • Many thanks, Gino

    – Mike Salway

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsalmost 6 years ago

    A brilliant image Mike. Too bad we missed it in floodlit Sydney.

  • Thanks Michael. It was a really special time, i’ll never forget it.

    – Mike Salway

  • Bodil Kristine  Fagerthun
    Bodil Kristine...almost 6 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Thanks Kristiane!

    – Mike Salway

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelalmost 6 years ago

    Mike, this is an incredible image, very well done. – Cora

  • Thanks Cora, much appreciated.

    – Mike Salway

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