Tuesday, July 07, 2020

enjoyed the morning show (Bradford)

We headed to the water reservoir for 4:00 AM, taking in a bunch of planets to the south, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars, with the Moon in between.

Venus was rising, orange-tinted. There were low clouds in the north-east and we wondered if they would scuttle our efforts. I blindly shot and found the comet, C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) just above the cloud band. Yes!

Viewed it in the binoculars (cheapo Bushnells) and we were able to tag it naked eye (when blocking the silly bright, badly aimed street lights). Star-like core. Tail fanning upward, nearly vertical. Rhonda's first.

Canon 40D, tripod-mounted, RAW mode. Shot in tungsten white balance; corrected to daylight. Pre-processing in DPP.

comet C/2020 F3 over Bradford

4:18. Wide-field, 18-55 Canon kit lens at 18, ISO 1000, f/8, 30 seconds, auto-focused (then set to manual), 10 second timer. Dark-subtracted with GIMP.

Auriga, the comet, Venus. [ed: I was thrilled to discover the Pleiades in the shot! Did not know at the time it was included.]

Stoopid light pollution!

4:28. Rhonda saw it directly, I caught it out of the corner of my eye, and flicked over to see the end. A bright, fast, short meteor burnt up north-bound (an Aquarid). It left a smoke trail that persisted for many seconds. Freebie!

comet C/2020 F3 in the dawn sky

4:51. Long lens, Vivitar Series 1 zoom at about 100mm, f/16, 2 seconds, manually focused, 2 second timer.

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