Western Skies with Neowise

Tristan texted Laurie last night that she could see Neowise in the western sky. We went out to look, but we could not see it. I got the binoculars, and Laurie finally found it. It showed up very well in the binoculars. Tristan said it was directly below the bottom star in the big dipper. The comet makes up the apex on an equilateral triangle with two stars from Ursula Major, I believe. You can read more about how to see Neowise at https://www.nasa.gov/feature/how-to-see-comet-neowise/

I dragged out a tripod, got focused on the Big Dipper, turned off autofocus, pointed my leans in the general direction of the comet, and check shots until I saw it on the screen. There were clouds in the eastern skies that were reflecting the city’s light making it so we could not see the comet with our naked eyes. After we found where the comet was, focusing on it was a real challenge. I can’t simply set the lens on infinity and shoot like I could with the old manual focus lenses. These photos give you a decent idea of what it looked like.

64 thoughts on “Western Skies with Neowise

    • It happens a lot. Mostly intentional, sometimes not. I got a photo of a ghost in the window of the Menger Hotel in San Antonio many years ago. Thanks, Jordon.

    • Thanks, Lonely. I’m happy to see you back among the living writing beautifully arranged lines of love, ready for romance once again.

  1. Excellent photos, Tim.

    It’s gone down in magnitude since it has already made its closest approach to the sun, and is now outward bound. Tonight, we have scattered clouds. Knowing where the Big Dipper sets up in our sky, I would have to wait for that patch of sky to clear out.

  2. I’m always very intrigued by this kind of happenings in the sky. Guess that explains my love for sci-fi movies and series. Very impressive photographs, Tim!

  3. Oh, Tim, Neowise looks great! Excellent shots!
    Seems everyone has a view of the comet but it keeps hiding from me! I can just imagine it peeking as soon as I stop looking with a grin! 😉

    • Thanks, Marina. Do you have binoculars? Maybe you need to go out to the countryside to get a better view.

      • From the top of our building, I could see the Big Dipper clearly half an hour after sunset. I sat there for two hours, but nada. Nor from the countryside, mind you, I couldn’t see the Big Dipper either as it was slightly hazy. Oh, well…

      • It depends on where the Big Dipper is when it becomes visible to you. If it’s near the horizon, the comet is probably below the horizon or too close to the horizon to see. If the Big Dipper is high in the sky, you should be able to see the comet. Like I mentioned, I could not see it without binoculars, we had to hunt for it. It’s supposed to be visible through the end of the month. Keep looking.

  4. So cool! We went out in the middle of the country (literally standing in a road between two cornfields) and did see it with our eyes. But better with binoculars. I of course left my zoom camera in AZ. So no shots from me.

    Amazing shots my friend!

    • “I left my zoom in Arizona” sounds like a good song title. Was that on purpose? The comet looks great through binoculars. Thanks, Nancy.

      • Ha! Ha! Good song title indeed!

        Yes, I did leave it there on purpose. I had a bit too much in my carry on and in my bag I had all the sterilization stuff for flying etc. I just wanted to deal with my iPad in my bag and nothing else for removal into TSA totes. (I double bagged my iPad and then threw away the outer bag when I put it back in my bag.)
        So I may buy a camera to leave here in Pennsylvania… we are starting to buy two of some things so we don’t have to pack as much. It’s just easier.

        Have a great day Tim.

      • Packing light is the way to fly. Sounds like you need a camera in both places.

  5. I was out July 18 watching it and the ISS passed right in front of it. No photo of that though.

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