Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) over Manchester

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Usually, I go after very dim comets, but we are currently presented with a very rare treat - a bright comet in the northeast sky! I've been trying to get Neowise all week but the Seattle skies have been typically cloudy. This morning, however, the skies were clear as a bell. I woke up before 1 a.m and was on the Manchester beach (across from Seattle) by 2 a.m.

After I got set up, other people started showing up and we had a fun mini comet-watching gathering. I enjoyed talking with Rick and Terri from Port Orchard, along with others that showed up. A good time was had by all.

The photos are a bit grainy as I had to shoot at a very high IS0. When shooting celestial objects in low light with a telephoto lens, your shutter speeds can't be over five seconds or the stars will "trail" as they move across your field of view. 

Neowise will turn into an evening comet over the next several days, so be sure to get out and look low to the west to see it!

Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) was discovered on March 27, 2020, from some 326 miles (525 km) above Earth's surface by NEOWISE, the Near Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, which is a space telescope launched by NASA in 2009



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Submitted by swingin on Sun, 07/12/2020 - 10:47

When you said Manchester I thought you were in Englund or something, lol. Excellent shots Jim. You are the Oficial Comet Hunter! Your also pretty darn good at it too! 👍 Very nice!