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#1 Jerry Lodriguss

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 05:43 AM

This is Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) this morning July 7, 2020, 40 minutes after the start of morning twilight, from the light-polluted suburbs of the megalopolis of Philadelphia, with a nearly full moon in the sky

 

I had to wait a long time for it to clear the horizon, then some trees, then some crud in the lower atmosphere. So it got better the higher it got, even though the sky was getting brighter at the same time.

 

Get out as soon as you can to see this one.

 

This is a composite of six 8-second exposures for the comet, and one 8-second exposure for the foreground.

 

Tech details here.

 

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C-2020_F3_(NEOWISE).jpg


Edited by Jerry Lodriguss, 07 July 2020 - 05:45 AM.

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 05:53 AM

Lovely result.  It's great to see a naked eye comet!

 

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 06:07 AM

Superb composition AND subject matter!!


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Posted 07 July 2020 - 06:29 AM

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 06:36 AM

Very nice and well done thanks for sharing
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Posted 07 July 2020 - 07:06 AM

Very nice waytogo.gif


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Posted 07 July 2020 - 08:28 AM

That's a very pretty image and thanks for sharing.

 

And as Gary says,

 

 

Get out as soon as you can to see this one.

Because, it's possible that this comet may be gone in another few days as some of the recent images suggest that it is breaking up after its closest approach to the sun. Plus, it's moving very quickly and will soon be below the horizon. That said, it may become visible again in the evening skies as soon as next week.

 

I wish I had heard about this comet before the weekend as we actually had one or two days since the 4th where the skies stayed clear until dawn. Right now, however, the San Diego coastal areas are back to the dreaded May Gray, June Gloom, and July...

 

The pictures of this comet remind me greatly of comet PanSTARRS back in March of 2013. Except that I think PanSTARRS was brightest in the evening skies (for people in the northern hemisphere).


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Posted 07 July 2020 - 08:30 AM

superb photo, thanks .


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Posted 07 July 2020 - 08:56 AM

Beautiful. And you didn't scare the ducks off!
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Posted 07 July 2020 - 08:59 AM

I just want to know how he got them to hold so still for 8 seconds...


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Posted 07 July 2020 - 10:24 AM

Thanks for the info and the great image.


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Posted 07 July 2020 - 12:26 PM

I just want to know how he got them to hold so still for 8 seconds...

Easy. He fed them all tranquilizer-laced duck food before the shoot. Actually, I would bet that ducks are relatively quiescent that time of morning. And you can see in the image that some of them are a little bit blurred. 


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Posted 07 July 2020 - 01:42 PM

Spectacular Jerry!


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Posted 07 July 2020 - 03:07 PM

That's a very pretty image and thanks for sharing.

 

And as Gary says,

 

 

Because, it's possible that this comet may be gone in another few days as some of the recent images suggest that it is breaking up after its closest approach to the sun. Plus, it's moving very quickly and will soon be below the horizon. That said, it may become visible again in the evening skies as soon as next week.

 

I wish I had heard about this comet before the weekend as we actually had one or two days since the 4th where the skies stayed clear until dawn. Right now, however, the San Diego coastal areas are back to the dreaded May Gray, June Gloom, and July...

 

The pictures of this comet remind me greatly of comet PanSTARRS back in March of 2013. Except that I think PanSTARRS was brightest in the evening skies (for people in the northern hemisphere).

Really hoping it survives for another 2 weeks, from our location the hills/mountains are just too tall to get a clear shot of it in the morning with it so low on the horizon, if it makes it to the 18-23rd it'll start getting a lot higher in the evening sky as it makes it's closest approach to earth. 



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Posted 07 July 2020 - 08:32 PM

Excellent image, well done, nice merging of foreground too!  


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Posted 07 July 2020 - 09:12 PM

Thanks everyone.

 

Actually, I brought rubber ducks just to make it more scenic. I anchored each to the bottom so they wouldn't move in the breeze. smile.gif

 

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 10:30 PM

Thanks everyone.

 

Actually, I brought rubber ducks just to make it more scenic. I anchored each to the bottom so they wouldn't move in the breeze. smile.gif

 

Jerry

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Posted 08 July 2020 - 01:22 PM

And one more for good measure. lol.gif



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Posted 08 July 2020 - 06:31 PM

Ok, it turns out these are not ducks.

 

A friend, obviously and easily more knowledgeable about birds than me, informed me that those are not ducks.  

 

They are geese.

 

Here's a shot with my phone.

 

How do they get their tails to light up like that?

 

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Posted 08 July 2020 - 07:36 PM

Well I was going to mention that... but those are Canada geese, and the way they have fun and party up in Canada... they’re probably still lit from the night before! grin.gif


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Posted 08 July 2020 - 08:03 PM

Jerry, you have rubber geese?



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Posted 10 July 2020 - 01:50 AM

Jerry, you have rubber geese?

Yea, don't you?

 

Wait. Doesn't everyone?

 

I carry them everywhere. Don't you?

 

You never know when you will get a photo opportunity like this again. You have to be prepared. lol.gif

 

For example, these Canadian Geese shown in the image below. These are the same ones I used in the image.

 

Jerry

 

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Edited by Jerry Lodriguss, 10 July 2020 - 01:51 AM.

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Posted 10 July 2020 - 03:43 PM

This is really turning into a funny post!!! Knock it off!!! Lol!



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Posted 10 July 2020 - 04:02 PM

Awesome image!

How did you stack your single frames?

I shot around 100 exposures this morning but there are only 3 or 4 stars visible in the images, I was a bit late so the sky was already bright.

DSS refuses to stack my images.




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