View 438: Comet Neowise

Comet Neowise recently appeared in my Northern night sky at my latitude this week. Over the weekend, I attempted to photograph it. After waiting for the clouds to move off and the sky to get dark enough to see, I spotted Neowise from my location overlooking the Oswego Harbor in Oswego, New York.

Comet Neowise over Oswego Harbor 1

Comet Neowise over Oswego Harbor at Oswego, New York on Saturday, July 18, 2020. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 30s, f/4, ISO 100, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length, Tripod.

You can see Neowise’s tail just above a couple of stars high in the frame. I could not see it with the naked eye. A pair of binoculars helped to get a good view.

Comet Neowise over Oswego Harbor 2

Comet Neowise over Oswego Harbor at Oswego, New York on Saturday, July 18, 2020. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 30s, f/4, ISO 800, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length, Tripod, Cropped.

Cropping helped to bring out Comet Neowise over Lake Ontario and Oswego Harbor’s breakwall. The long 30 second exposure gave the comet and stars an oblong look as they moved…er, as the Earth moved.

Comet Neowise

Comet Neowise as seen from the Oswego Harbor at Oswego, New York on Saturday, July 18, 2020. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 30s, f/4, ISO 800, EV 0, 78mm Focal Length, Tripod, Cropped.

In this highly cropped image of Comet Neowise officially designated as C/2020 F3, you can see the tail. Again, the long exposure making it look oblong.

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, take the time to step outside and find Comet Neowise. It will not be back in our sky for another 6,000 years!

 

 

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5 Responses to View 438: Comet Neowise

  1. dawnkinster says:

    I was out on Friday night trying to get an image. I had to bump up my ISO to 1000…I thought, but now I wonder if I could have captured it with a lower ISO. I had a real hard time seeing, on the back of the camera, what I had. I was at ISO 1000, F4, 30 seconds, 24 mm focal length.

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    • As it got darker, I bumped up to ISO 800. I tried using my longer lens but had a lot of trouble locating and then focusing on the comet. Might try again this week if the weather cooperates.

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      • dawnkinster says:

        I was in Northport, at the tip of the Leelenau Peninsula, in northern Michigan and was out about 1 a.m., so it was plenty dark. It was a perfect night, hope you get out there again, loved your shots. Notice the milky way directly behind you when you’re finished shooting the comet.

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