Tag Archives: Comet

Comet Neowise: Stacked Image

Stacking a set of comet frames can become a real pain, since the outer solar visitor travels much faster than the stars (not exactly right, because the stars don`t move, but it looks like that because of the rotation of the Earth). So if you stack a set of frames, you either limit your set to a maximum of about 10 min. of total exposure time (before the comet starts blurring), or you use all of your frames and stack one for the stars and one for the comet, and combine them. This option didn`t work out for me this time, so I stacked 10 frames (out of 35), 60 sec. each. One can`t believe, how much more information a stacked image got. I`m using Pixinsight, a processing platform specialized in astrophotography. It got a steep learning curve, to say the least; because of that, I`m more than happy with the outcome. Enjoy!

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Single shot from that set, 60 sec., 200mm/2.8, full frame, Polarie, LR only…

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Stacked image, 10 x 60 sec., 200mm/2.8, Polarie, PixInsight, Viveza, LR, Stilfser Joch, South Tyrol, 07/19/2020…

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Chasing Comet Neowise, July 18th-21st

I got two days off from work so I packed my stuff and went to South Tyrol, Switzerland and Italy on Saturday, to travel to some high alpine passes I always wanted to see but haven´t been able to in the past. Stilfser Joch, Umbrail Pass and Gavia Pass were the chosen ones, all of them ranking between 2500 – 2800 m. The first night was a blast; the sky cleared up and comet Neowise was easily visible to the northwest, while the Milkyway was towering in the south. Around 4:00 am, the last crescent Moon before New Moon rose to the east, with Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter wandering along the ecliptic. The impressions of those nights are almost not bearable, and since I´m traveling on my own, there is no one to talk to about feelings and emotions. Very intense nights. From crystal clear skies to sheet lightning, I got it all, not to forget the stunning scenery during day time. So here are just my favorite comet images from those three nights and hopefully I will be able to process/stack a set of single frames of Neowise from the first night. Enjoy!

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The sky cleared up on the first night, Stilfser Joch, 2757m, South Tyrol…

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Comet gazing…

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Colorful comet Neowise…

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What a beauty, 81 sec., 200 mm, Polarie…

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Neowise to the left, Venus, Hyades and Pleiades to the right…

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Fading away during nautical twilight…

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Lots of airglow around on the second night, Umbrail Pass, 2501 m, Switzerland…

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Neowise hiding behing 3000 m mountains, just showing its tail, surrounded by airglow, Gavia Pass, 2621 m, Italy…

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but finally showed up during nautical twilight, making one last impression…

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More Of Comet Neowise, July 13th/14th 2020

Some more impressions of comet Neowise from July 13th and 14th. Lots of clouds around and short nights, but the view is astonishing, to say the least, and it won´t be back for the next 6.800 years. Enjoy!

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Nautical twilight at a wheat field, where minutes prior a badger crossed my path…

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what better?

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Around the hop fields

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July 14th…

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Clouds  coming in…

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Between the clouds…

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End of nautical twilight, colors are fading…

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Single shot: 60 sec. @ 200 mm and Polarie…

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Comet C/2020 F3 Neowise, July 10th 2020

Haven´t seen such a beauty of a comet since Panstarrs in 2014. Went out to one of my favorite locations around my home this morning at 3 am to see what I would get. Not only a comet, but also noctilucent clouds – very rare around the 48th latitude where I live. My jaws almost hit the ground when I saw the first image appearing on my screen out in the fields. But there has been more: the Moon, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, the Pleiades, the Hyades and the very faint Neptun and Uranus. What a morning to start with. Enjoy!

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Comet Neowise and NLC…

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My hometown church, Neowise and NLC…

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Venus within the Hyades, Aldebaran (below)…

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NLC, comet Neowise and Venus to the right…

click on the image to go full screen…

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Comet C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS)

Yes, finally, I got Comet C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS) yesterday night. First time photographing a comet, after (only) viewing comet Hale Bopp back in 1997. The weather was cooperating for about 30 minutes and I was very happy I had found the faint object around 7:20 pm, making its way through the constellation of Pisces. The comet can be spotted with the unaided eye, if you know where to look to, but its true nature only appears on the camera screen after a proper exposure. But beware, you might get some kind of addicted to it. Enjoy!

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Comet PanStarrs and the first stars are visible…

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PanStarrs @ 200 mm, 2 sec., f 2.8, Iso 1600…

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Clouds moving in @ 200mm, 10 sec., f 6.3, Iso 2500…

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With PanStarrs obscured by clouds, I did some fun shooting… could be the next advertising campaign for MERCEDES BENZ…