Jim Horn  

Comet NEOWISE by Jim Horn

August 2020 - Comet NEOWISE

August 2020 - Jim Horn

Original 1

August 2020 - Jim Horn

Original 2

About the Image(s)

Sony α99ii, Sony 70-200/2.8 G SSM II zoom lens; f/2.8 2.0 seconds; ISO 2000; 135mm, tripod, shutter cable.
I took this photo on a hilltop in Havre de Grace, Maryland, on the evening before the new moon, just 5 hours before the new moon. That made all the difference to eliminate the light from the moon. This comet is called NEOWISE (Near-Earth Object Wide-filed Infrared Survey Explorer). After it leaves our solar system, it will not return for 6,800 years.
I could not see the comet with my naked eye. I had to take a series of photos at ISO 2000 in a grid below the Big Dipper to find it. Light from distant stars will get to the camera sensor on a new moon clear night even if there is haze. I have learned that night sky photos must be taken within a day of the new moon.
In Photoshop, I used Camera RAW filter to adjust highlights, whites, blacks, texture, dehaze, followed by smart sharpen, noise reduction and more adjustment of black to get the definition and greatest reveal of the comet tail. I included the tree to give size proportion.
I also did crop it to show the comet as a close-up (original 2).
Do you think this is too dark? Do you see enough of the comet?

2 comments posted

Laura Lee Bartholomew   Laura Lee Bartholomew
To answer your question, yes, I do think it is too dark. I understand why you included the tree, but I'm not sure it really adds any significant element to your image especially since it disappears off the bottom edge. I suggest you try cropping above the tree. That would also bring the comet a little closer.   Posted: 08/04/2020 14:38:22
Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Laura, the purpose of the clouds and tree top is to show the scale of the comet landscape. I already did the cropping closer - just click on Original 2. Jim   Posted: 08/04/2020 14:42:13


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