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July 11, 2020

My buddies Kevin, Ryan, Dave and I distanced ourselves in separate vehicles and packed our stuff and headed out to Sandilands provincial park to take in the surprisingly cool Comet c/2020 F3 Neowise.

Its not far out of the city.. and its nice and dark! The Milky Way was very prominent before the moon poked itself up and over the eastern horizon.

This is a single image @ 336 mm (SV 70t), ISO 1600, Canon 60D, looking North and low on the horizon.

This comet has a mighty lengthy tail - well worth the wait til 2:45 am to image it. Note the pine tree, lower left.

Thanks for looking...


Skysafari says: "C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) is a 8th magnitude (ed. definitely brighter!!) Comet appearing in the constellation Auriga. Its orbit is parabolic, and its closest approach to the Sun is 0.3 AU."

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That's a beaut!!

Nice,
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Looks great Ian. Fantastic shot.
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Superb! I was out last night too and was stressing over my Quattro 8's lack of performance and my EQ6-R's erratic tracking. Nice sky, no dew, and I knew NEOWISE would be coming up but I had expended so much emotional energy I was completely wasted by 1:15. I had a piggyback camera with the Canon 85mm EF portrait lens ready to go, but I packed up the gear, dragged my butt into the driver's seat and was home by 2:00. I was asleep by the time you were imaging. Wished I had stayed out now. Next shot at NEO is Tuesday morning given the next weather/sky window.
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That's a cracking image Ian.

I'm planning on giving it a go tonight.

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That is really a fine image Ian!

Sorry if I missed it, but what was your exposure time? Well done sir!
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That is a beautiful image.
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Spectacular image!
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The comet is beautiful and your capture of it is just superb. I'm amazed at how much detail you got with just a single frame.

What was your exposure time ??? (You may have mentioned it in your post, I just couldn't see it.)

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fantastic image Ian, well done
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Awesome!! Great job!
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Great shot!1
Visually the tail reaches to about 1/3 from the core.
Thanks for sharing!
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sdbodin wrote:
Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:33 pm
That's a beaut!!

Nice,
Steve

Thanks Steve!
Ian

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Stellarvue 70T f6 - triplet :sprefac:
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"Frosty" the XT10 - sold

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helicon wrote:
Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:40 pm
Looks great Ian. Fantastic shot.
Thanks Michael,
Much appreciated!
Ian

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Stellarvue 70T f6 - triplet :sprefac:
"Mark Mk. I" -60 mm Tasco guider
C80 frac with 2" focuser, f11.4 - long doublet
"Frosty m. II" - the 14.5" strut dob f4.5 with a ZOC optic - modified a little with Nexus II iOS friendly link + Moonlite focuser
"Frosty" the XT10 - sold

Mounts - Ioptron skyguider pro, Skywatcher HEQ5 pro

DSLR stuff - Nikon D90, Canon 60D; Rokinon 10mm 2.8, Rokinon 135mm f2, Sigma 70-300mm f4

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Hankmeister3 wrote:
Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:11 pm
Superb! I was out last night too and was stressing over my Quattro 8's lack of performance and my EQ6-R's erratic tracking. Nice sky, no dew, and I knew NEOWISE would be coming up but I had expended so much emotional energy I was completely wasted by 1:15. I had a piggyback camera with the Canon 85mm EF portrait lens ready to go, but I packed up the gear, dragged my butt into the driver's seat and was home by 2:00. I was asleep by the time you were imaging. Wished I had stayed out now. Next shot at NEO is Tuesday morning given the next weather/sky window.
Thanks Hank!

Stick with it, the comet is really incredibly brilliant. I made it home by 4;30 am, completely wasted.

I hope you get to see it, its so nice.
Ian

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Stellarvue 70T f6 - triplet :sprefac:
"Mark Mk. I" -60 mm Tasco guider
C80 frac with 2" focuser, f11.4 - long doublet
"Frosty m. II" - the 14.5" strut dob f4.5 with a ZOC optic - modified a little with Nexus II iOS friendly link + Moonlite focuser
"Frosty" the XT10 - sold

Mounts - Ioptron skyguider pro, Skywatcher HEQ5 pro

DSLR stuff - Nikon D90, Canon 60D; Rokinon 10mm 2.8, Rokinon 135mm f2, Sigma 70-300mm f4

Software - Photoshop and Lightroom 2020, GIMP, Skysafari 6 Pro, Astro Pixel Processor - using Macs and PCs

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Graeme1858 wrote:
Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:19 pm
That's a cracking image Ian.

I'm planning on giving it a go tonight.

Regards

Graeme
Good luck Graeme and thanks!
Ian

Scopes

Stellarvue 70T f6 - triplet :sprefac:
"Mark Mk. I" -60 mm Tasco guider
C80 frac with 2" focuser, f11.4 - long doublet
"Frosty m. II" - the 14.5" strut dob f4.5 with a ZOC optic - modified a little with Nexus II iOS friendly link + Moonlite focuser
"Frosty" the XT10 - sold

Mounts - Ioptron skyguider pro, Skywatcher HEQ5 pro

DSLR stuff - Nikon D90, Canon 60D; Rokinon 10mm 2.8, Rokinon 135mm f2, Sigma 70-300mm f4

Software - Photoshop and Lightroom 2020, GIMP, Skysafari 6 Pro, Astro Pixel Processor - using Macs and PCs

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Juno16 wrote:
Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:31 pm
That is really a fine image Ian!

Sorry if I missed it, but what was your exposure time? Well done sir!
Sorry - that was 25 sec, single frame, 1600 ISO.

:)
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Stellarvue 70T f6 - triplet :sprefac:
"Mark Mk. I" -60 mm Tasco guider
C80 frac with 2" focuser, f11.4 - long doublet
"Frosty m. II" - the 14.5" strut dob f4.5 with a ZOC optic - modified a little with Nexus II iOS friendly link + Moonlite focuser
"Frosty" the XT10 - sold

Mounts - Ioptron skyguider pro, Skywatcher HEQ5 pro

DSLR stuff - Nikon D90, Canon 60D; Rokinon 10mm 2.8, Rokinon 135mm f2, Sigma 70-300mm f4

Software - Photoshop and Lightroom 2020, GIMP, Skysafari 6 Pro, Astro Pixel Processor - using Macs and PCs

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jrkirkham wrote:
Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:32 pm
That is a beautiful image.
Thanks Rob!
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Stellarvue 70T f6 - triplet :sprefac:
"Mark Mk. I" -60 mm Tasco guider
C80 frac with 2" focuser, f11.4 - long doublet
"Frosty m. II" - the 14.5" strut dob f4.5 with a ZOC optic - modified a little with Nexus II iOS friendly link + Moonlite focuser
"Frosty" the XT10 - sold

Mounts - Ioptron skyguider pro, Skywatcher HEQ5 pro

DSLR stuff - Nikon D90, Canon 60D; Rokinon 10mm 2.8, Rokinon 135mm f2, Sigma 70-300mm f4

Software - Photoshop and Lightroom 2020, GIMP, Skysafari 6 Pro, Astro Pixel Processor - using Macs and PCs

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KathyNS wrote:
Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:36 pm
Spectacular image!
Thank you Kathy! :P
Ian

Scopes

Stellarvue 70T f6 - triplet :sprefac:
"Mark Mk. I" -60 mm Tasco guider
C80 frac with 2" focuser, f11.4 - long doublet
"Frosty m. II" - the 14.5" strut dob f4.5 with a ZOC optic - modified a little with Nexus II iOS friendly link + Moonlite focuser
"Frosty" the XT10 - sold

Mounts - Ioptron skyguider pro, Skywatcher HEQ5 pro

DSLR stuff - Nikon D90, Canon 60D; Rokinon 10mm 2.8, Rokinon 135mm f2, Sigma 70-300mm f4

Software - Photoshop and Lightroom 2020, GIMP, Skysafari 6 Pro, Astro Pixel Processor - using Macs and PCs

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BABOafrica wrote:
Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:52 am
The comet is beautiful and your capture of it is just superb. I'm amazed at how much detail you got with just a single frame.

What was your exposure time ??? (You may have mentioned it in your post, I just couldn't see it.)

BABO

Hi BABO,

Thanks! This one was 25 seconds. Sorry I left out that detail. I have a bunch of frames, and may try stacking them this week.
Ian

Scopes

Stellarvue 70T f6 - triplet :sprefac:
"Mark Mk. I" -60 mm Tasco guider
C80 frac with 2" focuser, f11.4 - long doublet
"Frosty m. II" - the 14.5" strut dob f4.5 with a ZOC optic - modified a little with Nexus II iOS friendly link + Moonlite focuser
"Frosty" the XT10 - sold

Mounts - Ioptron skyguider pro, Skywatcher HEQ5 pro

DSLR stuff - Nikon D90, Canon 60D; Rokinon 10mm 2.8, Rokinon 135mm f2, Sigma 70-300mm f4

Software - Photoshop and Lightroom 2020, GIMP, Skysafari 6 Pro, Astro Pixel Processor - using Macs and PCs

"Mothers! It is there!" - Rafael Gonzales-Acuna, 2018.
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