Comet NEOWISE - July 22/23/24, 2020

Comet NEOWISE was extremely difficult to see via the naked eye. You couldn't stare directly at it, as it is really dim. You needed to look a little off axis in order to use the B&W cones of your eyes. Then you got to see the hazy tail.

Otherwise you used binoculars and/or a telescope. Even trying to take photos can be a chore, as long exposures and a high ISO were a must. Many astrophotographers have gottn images of the coment with various lenses and exposures. With the lenses that I have, I feel that I really needed to have a star tracker with a better tripod. The camera is a Nikon D850 (FX) and the lenses used were a Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 and an old Nikkor 500mm f/8.

What I captured pales compared to many of the great images that have been posted. At least I can say that I have photographed the comet. See the links below for images from other photographers.

Location of photoshoot: 43° 3' 40.10" N / 89° 36' 3.11" W (July 22, 2020)
Time given in image's EXIF data is UTF.
Comet NEOWISE 7/22/20
300mm f/8 @ 15 sec ISO 6400
Comet NEOWISE 7/22/20
32mm f/8 @ 10 sec ISO 6400
Streak at the right is a satellite reflection.
Comet NEOWISE 7/22/20
32mm f/8 @ 10 sec ISO 6400
Comet NEOWISE 7/22/20
300mm f/8 @ 10 sec ISO 6400
Comet NEOWISE 7/22/20
300mm f/6.3 @ 4 sec ISO 25600
Taken ~3hrs later. Light polution from Cross Plains, WI

Location of photoshoot: 43° 3' 40.10" N / 89° 36' 3.11" W (July 23, 2020)
Time given in image's EXIF data is UTF.
Comet NEOWISE 7/23/20
35mm f/4 @ 4 sec ISO 25600 (10 images Stacked)
Comet NEOWISE 7/23/20
300mm f/6.3 @ 10 sec ISO 25600
Streak at the right is a satellite reflection.
Comet NEOWISE 7/23/20
300mm f/6.3 @ 10 sec ISO 25600
Location of photoshoot: 42° 58' 50.73" N / 90° 18' 36.52" W (July 24, 2020)
Time given in image's EXIF data is UTF.
Comet NEOWISE 7/24/20
35mm f/4 @ 5 sec ISO 12800 Airplane (6 images combined)
Comet NEOWISE 7/24/20
35mm f/4 @ 8 sec ISO 12800 (10 images stacked)
Comet NEOWISE 7/24/20
300mm f/6.3 @ 13 sec ISO 25600 Satellite (2 images combined)
Comet NEOWISE 7/24/20
500mm f/8 @ 13 sec ISO 25600
Comet NEOWISE 7/24/20
500mm f/8 @ 13 sec ISO 25600
Comet NEOWISE 7/24/20
28mm f/4 @ 10sec ISO 25600 Milky Way (10 images stacked)
The better time to shoot the Milky Way for color is in May.

Stacker software: Deep Sky Tracker

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vidiot at vidiot dot com Last modified on Wednesday, 29-Jul-2020 00:45:18 CDT.