2020-07-11, C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)

After days filled with rain, the skies finally cleared. Upon arrival at my observing site a big dark cloud obscured the comet but it’s bright tail gave away the location. What a sight! The night concluded with a nice display of noctilucent clouds.

20200711, 01.13UT, Canon EOS R, Sigma 135mm ART, F2.2, 40×1.6s, ISO1600.
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2020-05-30, Crew Dragon flyby

A couple of minutes after the Internation Space Station, the Crew Dragon followed in the same orbit. Although I did not see the Crew Dragon, the camera (Canon EOS R and Sigma 135mm/F1.8 ART) recorded the flyby very low over the horizon. Individual images from this movie were stacked to show the Crew Dragon (the trail at the bottom of the image).

2020-04, comets from city center.

Tried to image a couple of comets from my parents’ backyard, a 5 minute walk from my own apartment. With over 200,000 inhabitants the light pollution in the city of Almere is huge. Naked eye limit is approximately magnitude +4, so visual observations are limited to the moon and planets. Nevertheless I was succesvol in imaging the currently visible comets: C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS), C/2019 Y1 (ATLAS) and C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS). Equipment used was a William Optics Star 71 telescope (71mm, f=348mm) and EOS R camera mounted on a Rainbow Astro RST-135 mount. Also tried the new software for the Staraid autoguider with the new option guiding on objects like comets. For the last images I installed my good old IDAS Light Pollution Suppression filter inside the telescope.

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