© Nathalie Moyaert

I did it. It took me a lot of attempts (5 evenings/nights), with only my canon 6D II, tripod and an old second hand canon 75-300mm lens. Searching and hoping to find the comet before it is no longer visible (and by the time it returns, Earth will be around 6700 years older… or no longer existing, with the way human kind is treating its home at the moment).

I knew where it was supposed to be (NW going N, just below or in Ursa Major). But try as I might, I could not see it. Just as I was about to give up, I took a last shot. Lo and behold there it was.

This adventure does prove to me that Belgium is a nightmare to do decent astrophotography. Neowise should be visible with the naked eye. But there is too much light pollution in this country, even though I went to one of the “darkest places” in my vicinity. Perseverance (and a bit if calculated luck) is the reason I managed to take and create this image.

Learned a lot during this Neowise project. Still need to learn a lot if I were to ever focus on Astrophotography.

For the Astro Geeks amongst us:
Date comet was taken: July 22
Threes: 75mm; 1/15sec; f/4; iso 100
Neowise: 12x 190mm; 2,5sec; f/5,6; iso 2000
Image stacked and composed in PS


Nathalie a.k.a. Sevenorora is a Fine Art Photography student and a "Cinema & Visual Culture Dork", living in Lier, Belgium.

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