comet neowise

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Re: comet neowise

Post by BurnsideBob » July 17th, 2020, 5:30 am

What a great photo, Guy! Excellent balance of light between Vista House and the sky/comet.

Thanks for sharing.

Anyone else clicking away after dark? Please share.

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Re: comet neowise

Post by jessbee » July 17th, 2020, 11:43 am

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from the top of Pilot Butte after sunset.
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Re: comet neowise

Post by Guy » July 17th, 2020, 12:10 pm

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Ad monte summa aut mors

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Ground Hog Night 9

Post by BurnsideBob » July 19th, 2020, 7:50 am

Jessbee and Guy, great photos. Another very clear night 'cause with 'normal' atmospheric pollution Jessbee's shot of the comet over Portland would be much more washed out by light scattering.

My shot from last night shows the constellation Ursa Major--the comet's head is right on the front foot of the Great Bear. Click photo for a larger view.

Comet watchers, keep your eye out for the evening of July 23, because the barest sliver of a new moon will be visible to the left (south) of the comet. The comet will be in the rear leg of the great bear that night, as shown in this screen capture from Stellarium for 23 July 10:00 PM PDT.

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Comet Neowise 18 July 2020 at 10:54 PDT


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Comet Neowise and the Moon on 23 July
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Re: comet neowise Going, going . . . . .

Post by BurnsideBob » July 24th, 2020, 6:41 am

The comet has dimmed the past few nights and, for me, hard to see naked eye. What with urban light scattering, its even difficult to bring the comet forward using post processing.

Anybody else get a better image of the comet and moon?

Goodbye Neowise!


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Neowise Upper Right Corner
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Re: comet neowise

Post by ChromaKey » July 24th, 2020, 4:54 pm

Mine was from last week sometime, and it does seem to be dimming lately.

Also, photoshop doesn't seem to merge star fields well. This ended up being the hardest edit I've ever done (stitching 42 photos manually), and it still kinda looks like crap. But the concept was there. 550 megapixels total, taken with a 200mm lens to compress everything.
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I'll probably re-edit this in the future to remove the vignetting artifacts, but it took me 8 hours on the computer to get this far, so I need a break.

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Re: comet neowise

Post by markesc » July 25th, 2020, 12:01 am

Got these down in the San Diego region...
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Re: comet neowise

Post by retired jerry » July 26th, 2020, 6:06 am

you could see it from 6000 feet on Mt Hood

I didn't even bother to try a picture with my phone

between the big dipper and the horizon

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Re: comet neowise

Post by retired jerry » July 26th, 2020, 6:07 am

nice pictures, you guys must have real cameras :)

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Re: comet neowise

Post by BurnsideBob » July 26th, 2020, 9:28 am

retired jerry wrote:
July 26th, 2020, 6:07 am
nice pictures, you guys must have real cameras :)
Not really, RJ. Last night I could not spot the comet naked eye, but I did know where to point the camera. This 20 second exposure, post processed to enhance brightness, contrast, and color, was the best I could do.


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Neowise, 20 Second Exposure 25 July

So I'm at the limit of my equipment. Any longer exposure I would get a star trail effect. The only way for me to capture more light would be to buy a clock drive mount so that my camera moves to match the rotation of the earth. Too much money.

Or buy a super fast telephoto lense---a five figure item.

I have been thinking one of the new Samsung 5G phones with the elaborate camera with multiple sensors might be the ticket. Except that sighting such a small object in the night sky without a viewfinder could be a trick.

Back to Neowise--it is moving away from the sun so is getting dimmer. Pretty much 'shooting' it is in the province of the dedicated night photographers with better equipment. We mere ground pounders will just have to wait for the next showy comet.

Thanks jessbee, Guy, and Chris for sharing your photos. I like 'em all.

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