Comet NEOWISE from Long Island

Comet NEOWISE from the harbor at Port Jefferson, Long Island

Comet NEOWISE did not, alas, brighten into anything that could be mistaken as a Great Comet. That said, it’s probably been as good as anything we’ve seen since Comet Hale-Bopp back in 1997, which I saw easily from downtown Toronto. This week it’s been visible, with a bit of effort, from moderately dark locations, and (much) easier to photograph.

After my first attempt earlier in the week, I followed up with a wider time-lapse sequence from the harbor at Port Jefferson, and then images at 200mm this evening. From a darker location I finally got a glimpse of the comet with the naked eye! The image below is a composite median filtered (using the excellent Starry Sky Stacker) from 13 frames, shot with an iOptron SkyTracker at ISO 1600, f/4.0, 20s.


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