Comet NEOWISE Tail

When I searched up NEOWISE on Starry Night, I discovered that there were multiple sky objects named after NEOWISE, the project searching for “near-Earth objects and comets that could pose an impact hazard to the Earth.” The one that we are all excited about right now is C/2020 F3, which currently is visible in the hour or so before sunrise.

This photo was taken at ISO 100, 200mm, f/2.8 and 8.0s. At 200mm, I should have limited the shutter to 2.5 seconds to avoid star trails.

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Comet NEOWISE

Finally found the Comet NEOWISE (C/2020 F3) on my third attempt. I couldn’t find it when I was scanning the horizon, but it showed up in a wide angle photo I took.

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Big Dipper Part 2

Got all the stars in the handle this time. Next time, I’ll try to get Polaris as well.

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The Big Dipper

One of the easier to find star patterns in the night sky. The Big Dipper is composed of these seven stars: Phecda, Merak, Dubhe, Megrez, Alioth, Mizar and Alkaid (which I inadvertently cut off),

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Waxing Gibbous Moon at 65% Illumination

Been cloudy as of late. I found a rare few minutes last night when the evening moon emerged from behind the cloudy layer overhead. The entire time, I could see the clouds passing in the front of the moon.

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Moon in the Gemini Constellation

When exposing for the dark side of the crescent moon, a lot of faint stars begin to appear. This one was taken at ISO 1000, f/2.8 and 1/5s.

If you are curious about the stars in your photographs, you can upload them to Astrometry.net, which will identify them with an overlay.

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36% Waxing Crescent Moon

Testing the Mirror Up setting to see if the photograph of the moon came out any sharper.

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18% Waxing Crescent Moon

Today, the moon rose at 9:25 AM. It will set shortly after midnight at 12:32 AM.

Last night, I took a photo of the crescent moon and Venus, the bright spot in the bottom right of the photo.

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Waxing Gibbous Moon 72% Illumination

Waxing Gibbous Moon taken on the morning of April 4, 2020 with 72% illumination.

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Waxing Gibbous Moon

Waxing Gibbous Moon 62% illuminated on April 2, 2020. Used camera lens instead of telescope this time.

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