FINALLY almost ready to post my NEOWISE comet hunting pix

The first place I went was this dark field.

A big disclaimer for all of these is that the comet in my area at this time appears VERY faint.

Due to it being low on the horizon for sunrise and sunset, and the amount of light pollution here, it was BARELY visible to my eye - and this was in the darkest area I know of near me.

But if I spotted it with the camera I could see it.
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My best closeup of the comet.
This was 12 3-second exposures taken with the pentax-A 135mm f/2.8 at f/4 and iso 3200, stacked in Sequator. In hindsight, I should have done more exposures for this one, but I didn't think it was coming out at all based on the on camera previews, so I focused on the wide angle shots.

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To try to get away from light pollution and to get a more interesting shot, I went out again around 2am and hiked a small local mountain.

There was a thick fog that made it very hard to drive on the way there, and made the hike very spooky, but the way it looked once I got above it made it worth the effort.

The comet wasn't visible yet when I got to the top, so I got some other pictures. I love how the fog made the other mountains look like islands.
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Eventually the comet became visible.
From this vantage point I could see it a lot better, but it was still more dim to my eyes than shooting stars.

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As the sunrise continued, it became harder to see the comet and the stars against it.
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The movements of things in the sky are weird and confusing, but because the moon was very close to the sun on this particular day, I got to watch the moonrise during the sunrise too.
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Before I left I took this huge panorama (not sure what the best way to post something like this is)

Lastly, here's a little video. I didn't mean to make a video, but I had the frames...
4K version on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rRAJto_T1E

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@masklayer thank you for sharing these!

I love it. I couldn't see it, or rather I didn't even fucking know it was happening. 😅

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