Rob McNaught’s comets

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    Nick James

    Members might like to know that this signed montage from Rob McNaught is hanging in the office at Burlington House. It shows his famous comet C/2006 P1 in January 2007 when it was a spectacular sight from the southern hemisphere after perihelion. It was also pretty impressive from the northern hemisphere just before perihelion. Rob is one of the world’s most prolific comet discoverers but imagine having discovered something like this! The BAA image archive for this comet is here.

    Gary Poyner

    Thanks for that Nick.  Must remember to look next time I’m at Burlington House.

    Haven’t seen Rob for donkey’s years!


    Denis Buczynski

    That is a nice montage of images of Robert’s most famous of comets. I have one of those given to me by Rob when he stayed with me after his UK tour in 2015. He returned to OZ after the devastating bush fire that totally destroyed his home near Coonabarabran which wasclose to the UK Schmidt unit and th Upsala Southern Schmidt where he made so many comet discoveries.I was in regular contact with him after his return via email but no contact for over a year now. I asked Malcolm Hartley,one of the astronomers at the UK Schmidt  unit who lives in Coonabarabran and who Rod stayed with recently, if he could let Rob know that we want to re-establish contact with him. His last idea was that he was going to restart his visual search for novae in the Southern skies. Perhaps he has gone walk about instead! If any one has contact with him could you please ask him to contact either Guy Hurst or myself. He has a sister who lives in Edinburgh, so if anyone knows her address let me know.

    Denis Buczynski

    Alex Pratt

    Hi Denis,

    I last saw Rob McNaught at an ASE meeting at Calton Hill Observatory in September 2007. Here’s a pic of him and Dave Gavine taken in the Observatory’s reading room.

    You could ask Dave if he’s still in touch with Rob.

    Clear skies,


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