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Eight Straight Clear Mornings, My 1st Image of Comet NEOWISE

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#1 h2ologg


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Posted 13 July 2020 - 08:47 PM

Can you get too much of a good thing?


You don't hear this complaint often, Eight mornings in a row of "as good as it gets" (for here) seeing to the horizon. This is my first processed image of the comet. I have days upon days of data yet to be processed on a slow computer.


The complaint? Sleep and unfinished work.


Tomorrow morning looks good also!  THREE SETUPS RUNNING. RASA8 w ZWO 071mcP, RASA11 w ZWO 183mcP and SAMYANG 135mm w ZWO 294mcP  (Can you say animations 3x)


NEOWISE never gets higher than 10 degrees here. The moon has been ever present.


But this comet has been breath taking every morning! Spectacular! A moment to cherish! A true sky splendor! But you already know this.


Great shooting for everyone!


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Posted 13 July 2020 - 08:49 PM

this is the most beautiful photo I have seen to date.
incredible the colors, the defenition and the details.
well done and thank you.

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Posted 13 July 2020 - 09:15 PM

Agreed, that's an incredible shot!

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#4 John_K


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Posted 13 July 2020 - 09:17 PM

That's outstanding! Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 13 July 2020 - 09:21 PM

Wow, I feel like I can reach out and touch the comet. That's some fine detail and color you recorded, congratulations.

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Posted 13 July 2020 - 09:24 PM

Excellent detail in the ion tail!

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Posted 13 July 2020 - 09:27 PM

You're taking this comet to the cleaners Dan - magnificant!!!!! waytogo.gif waytogo.gif waytogo.gif waytogo.gif waytogo.gif waytogo.gif waytogo.gif


I can only hope we get  chance to see it..! fingerscrossed.gif fingerscrossed.gif fingerscrossed.gif

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 02:02 AM

Absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing and, no, there's never enough of a good thing. I'm really hoping for the clear skies that are predicted for the weekend over here to have another go at it.

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 02:09 AM

Dan, this is an epic image.  Excellent job.  

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 03:55 AM

I am already very envious of the Northern hemi comet images and your terrific image really rubs it in!  An unforgettable image

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 11:44 AM

What are the diagonal lines coming out of the stars?

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 10:08 PM

So many amazing images of this comet out there.  So THANK YOU!  Darryl you've overdone your quota of thumbs up for any post.  Many of the comments here are humbling! 


t-ara-fan those diagonal lines are processing artifacts I had a hard time with. 


Rubbing it in a little here, I've been in bliss these last nine mornings watching this disintegrating beast transform across the early morning horizon.  Watching it in heavy twilight and heavy moonlight on July 6 with a bright "v" shape nucleus (where I could only take 2 second captures without total image blowout) and seeing tail stretch upward like a sparkling fountain was simply ah-inspiring .  Each successive morning I would watch (mostly over the computer screen) the comet rise, tail first, from a new westward location over the Eastern Sierra Mono Lake Volcanoes. Each moment of comet rise was like seeing the comet for the very first time, stunning.  In binoculars the view was even more entrancing (the richness of the reddish brown colors, unmistakable!).  Progressively the blue ion tail intensified and the nucleus weakened and finally this morning the comet's tail has shifted diagonally westward with the faintest of yet nucleus.  


The excitement continues as the comet moves to the evening sky (for my latitude, sorry Darryl - not for you this time.  don't be greedy flowerred.gif  you still have Jove, Saturn and Mars AGAIN), without moonlight and its closest approach to the earth on the 23rd.


Tomorrow should be my final potential morning for imaging.


I know now why I love the solar system objects among all other astronomical objects(being forced to admit), their ever changing unpredictability match with their unparalleled beauty!



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Posted 14 July 2020 - 10:34 PM

I'm so jealous, both of your image and clear skies ... wonderful!

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 10:48 PM


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