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Catch the Comet Around the World

  1. cdnfarmer
    Photography Expert Community Expert Jul 15, 2020

    cdnfarmer , Jul 15, 2020 :
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    Hi Fellow Community Member.

    Welcome to July. We are already half way through the year! It is also a special time to look up at the sky… And it coincides with looking North or like the new buzz word around the forum, Nord. 😉

    Have you looked up at the sky lately? Here, the skies opened up after several days of rain and clouds… Perfect time to see the night skies. Went outside to have a look…Were there auroras? … maybe but there was something else… a flying object with a long tail. I spent the next 1.5 hours looking at the skies with my trusty protector and taking pictures with my OnePlus 6. Afterwards, I shared some pictures with friends. @woSch identified it (yes, I feel like I live under a rock some times :cool::)). In the following days, some friends around the world (including @hennes) also went out looking for the same object… A Comet nicknamed NEOWISE. This situation and conversations with @hennes lead to us co-writing this thread. A place for all who are interested in seeing the rare comet NEOWISE and contribute their pictures and videos with the community.

    Why NEOWISE and what is interesting about it? It’s very old and from a far far away place that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see it. Let's say it can take 30 million years to travel around its orbit towards the sun and back. Have a look under Background > What is NEOWISE for more details.

    Let’s celebrate July and all the new beginings or opportunities. Take advantage of this time to view NEOWISE as it is a good time to see the comet c/2020 F3. Thus, look Nord (or Nord-Est) ;) up in the sky and search for NEOWISE.

    Summary
    The aim of this thread is to provide:
    • A central place to share pictures and videos of comets and currently NEOWISE is visible.
    • A background on comets.
    • An appreciation for nature’s beauty and looking up to the sky and hope.
    • And create a map with areas that the comet NEOWISE was viewed by community members.

    How to Contribute:
    • Upload your pictures here. Please see @TibiTibi tutorial for help.
    • Please indicate what device or camera you used. Yes, I have the bias towards pushing my mobile (i.e. OnePlus 6) cameras and encourage you to share pictures taken with your OnePlus device. However, you can also include other devices and cameras. Just let us know what you used.
    • Please add what settings you used and what you preferred.
    • Location or approximate area in which you saw the comet.
    • Have videos or time lapse video? Upload them and share them here.

    Let’s also make this thread a learning experience too. Let's look at:
    • what is a comet?
    • What is NEOWISE and where can I see it?
    • Where has it been seen? Let's create a map of the locations where the comet was seen by community members. Please indicate in your post, and we will had a pin or star in the approximate location.


    Background

    What is a comet?

    Comets are “cosmic snowballs of frozen gases, rock, and dust that orbit the sun.” (1) They may vary in sizes. When they get closer to the sun, it heats up and “melts” or converts to gases making them larger.(1,2) The change in states releases dusts and gases which creates long tails which may stretch for millions of miles. (2) In fact, they have two tails: a dust and an ion tail (2). The dust tail is created by the sun and wind pushing small dust particles into a long-curved path. (3) The ion tail is electrically charged gas molecules and “points directly away from the sun.”(3)

    Comets are divided into two types: short period and long period comets. Short period comets are thought to come from a “disc-like belt of icy bodies beyond Neptune” (2) called Kuiper Belt (3). Gravity may pull them closer to the sun. It takes “less than 200 years to orbit the sun and they have been seen before.” (2) Long-period comets are thought to come from the Oort Cloud which is far away or 100 000 astronomical units (~100 000 times the distance between the sun and earth) from the sun. (2) A long=period comet may take 30 million years to do one orbit around the sun. (2,3).

    Comments are often named after people or satellite that discover them. (2) Spacecrafts are very good at finding comets and this is why many comets have LINEAR, SOHO, or WISE as part of their names. (2)


    What is NEOWISE and where can I see it?

    NEOWISE is the nickname of a long-period comet that was discovered on March 27 by NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer ( NEOWISE). It was named comet “C/2020 F3 NEOWISE.” (4) It is thought to come from the far distant parts of the solar system, the Oort Cloud and made it “once in our lifetime approach” towards the sun on July 3 2020. (5) It is predicted to “cross the Earth’s orbit as it returns to the outer parts of the solar system by mid-August.” (5) NEOWISE is thought to pass by earth at 103 million km. (5) Current studies from NEOWISE spacescraft’s infrared channels estimate the comet is about 5km in diameter; the nucleus is covered by “sooty, dark particles from the birth of our solar system.” (5)

    As I write this text (July 14 00:48), the NEOWISE comet can be found in the constellation of Lynx. (6) If you want to know the location, have a look at SkyLive (6) or a German website (7) . Note additional details will be added shortly.


    Edit 2020 July 19:
    The map was updated with a few other locations. The comet NEOWISE has been seen by community members in at least Canada, Germany, Portugal, Spain, and Italy. Thanks to all those who go out and try to capture the comet and share it with everyone here.

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  2. cdnfarmer
    Photography Expert Community Expert Jul 15, 2020

    cdnfarmer , Jul 15, 2020 :
    Taken with OnePlus 6
    Gr 1
    05215
    ISO 800, 30 sec, f1.7 focal distance 4.25

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    010118
    ISO 800, 15 sec, f1.7 focal distance 4.25
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    Gr2 ISO 640
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    ISO 640, 10 sec, f1.7 focal distance 4.25

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    011124 ok
    ISO 640, 15 sec, f1.7 focal distance 4.25
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    012913
    ISO 640, 13 sec, f1.7 focal distance 4.25
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    ISO 640, 10 sec, f1.7 focal distance 4.25
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    Reflection:
    Group 1 had a higher ISO allowing more light to enter. At both shutter speeds (15 and 30 seconds), the sky was a lighter blue than in reality. Adjusting the ISO to 640, the sky colour was closer to reality. I found that 10-13 sec tended to give good results.
     
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  3. hennes
    YaImCo Developer Jul 15, 2020

    hennes , Jul 15, 2020 :
    Thank you @cdnfarmer for that great idea and I congratulate you for the wonderful association with the NORD.


    Here are my results from 13th of July in Frankfurt, Germany

    All shots are taken with a OnePlus 8 Pro

    F/1.78 6.59mm 30.0s ISO-400
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    F/1.78 6.59mm 30.0s ISO-100
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    F/1.78 6.59mm 30.0s ISO-100
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    F/1.78 6.59mm 20.0s ISO-100
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  4. hennes
    YaImCo Developer Jul 15, 2020

    hennes , Jul 15, 2020 :
    Some.funny ones ... The idea came from. @TibiTibi so credits go to him

    All shots are taken with a OnePlus 8 Pro
    Location: Frankfurt, Germany
    Date: 14.07.2020

    F/1.78 6.59mm 20.0s ISO-100
    Cropped and compressed with YaImCo
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    F/1.78 6.59mm 15.0s ISO-100
    Cropped and compressed with YaImCo
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  5. Starcommander
    Lollipop Jul 15, 2020

    Starcommander , Jul 15, 2020 :
    Amazing thread @cdnfarmer 🤗
     

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  6. cdnfarmer
    Photography Expert Community Expert Jul 15, 2020

    cdnfarmer , Jul 15, 2020 :
    Thank you Starcommander. :) Will be posting more pictures soon...

    Edit: first set of pictures were posted July 15th. 😊
     
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  7. Bouncer71
    OnePlus 7 Pro Sample Shot Photographer Community Expert Jul 15, 2020


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  8. TibiTibi
    Photography Expert Jul 15, 2020


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  9. Dresa91
    User of the Year 2016 Jul 15, 2020

    Dresa91 , Jul 15, 2020 :
    great one @cdnfarmer:)
    amazing:)
    I had no chance to look at the comet and take pictures. I can easily make up for that with this thread :) thanks:)!
     

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  10. Batman360
    Lollipop Jul 15, 2020


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  11. buntycubal
    User of the Year 2017 Jul 15, 2020

    buntycubal , Jul 15, 2020 :
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  12. cdnfarmer
    Photography Expert Community Expert Jul 15, 2020

    cdnfarmer , Jul 15, 2020 :
    skies and able to see and capture it as well.
    😊out of this world experience. 😅

    😊
    Look forward to seeing your pictures!

    thanks. Hopefully you can have clear skies this month and in Aug. There are a few predicted dates in which the comet may be seen. Have to confirm the details first. It has been cloudy and rainy most nights. We lucked out on the 11th to have mostly clears skies and a view of NEOWISE. But it has been cloudy since.

    thanks 🤗

    🤗🤗

    Thank you all. Hopefully some more will have the clear skies for more people to see and capture it.
     

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  13. G_plusone
    Marshmallow Jul 16, 2020


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  14. Dresa91
    User of the Year 2016 Jul 16, 2020

    Dresa91 , Jul 16, 2020 :
    nice, okay:)
    In August I am in Madeira for two weeks. Maybe I can have a view of it there:)
     

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  15. cdnfarmer
    Photography Expert Community Expert Jul 16, 2020

    cdnfarmer , Jul 16, 2020 :
    :) I hope that you are able to see it too.

    Would be neat. Have a nice vacation.

    And if for both and all, if you do get a chance to see them, please share your pictures with us. :)
     

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  16. Dresa91
    User of the Year 2016 Jul 16, 2020

    Dresa91 , Jul 16, 2020 :
    thank you:)
    yeah, if I have the chance, I'll do it:)
     

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  17. maarten_lisboa
    The Lab - OnePlus 6T Reviewer Jul 16, 2020

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  18. cdnfarmer
    Photography Expert Community Expert Jul 16, 2020

    cdnfarmer , Jul 16, 2020 :
    Thanks. Best of luck with clear skies and capturing it. I look forward to seeing the outcomes. :)
     

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  19. TibiTibi
    Photography Expert Jul 16, 2020

    TibiTibi , Jul 16, 2020 :
    Day 1​
    I have heard about Neowise cca one month ago.
    At that time it was visible only before sunrise - when i 💤🛌.

    Almost 8 days ago it started to be circumpolar and that is why it is now observable by naked eye after sunset.

    So here is my first capture. I went too late out and just barely noticed a dusty curved tail above the forest. Only at home I was sure that it is the Neowise.

    Pocophone F1 - handshot
    Editor: PSX

    Meet the comet
    8sec • ISO 1600
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    To be continued...
     
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  20. Dresa91
    User of the Year 2016 Jul 16, 2020

    Dresa91 , Jul 16, 2020 :
    great one:)
     

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