Comet Neowise

Comet Neowise, July 18, 2020, 9:30pm.

Not an easy target in murky, light-polluted skies. I could not see it with my unaided eyes. I could pick it up with binoculars and eventually viewed it with an 80mm short-tube refractor.

Once I located it with the binoculars, I pointed the camera at it and made a couple of exposures, which captured it enough so I could tell it was in the frame. After a couple of adjustments I made an exposure using the Olympus EM-1 MkII “Live Composite” mode, that blends about 24 10-second exposures into a single frame. I was using the “Sky Tracker” device to avoid star trails. This image was significantly adjusted for contrast and cropped.

It’s actually a pretty impressive comet, although not as impressive as the famous Hale-Bopp comet from 1997. I am hoping to get a better shot of this one if the weather cooperates over the next several evenings.

~ by Rsmith on July 19, 2020.

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