Comet C/2020 M3 (ATLAS) near the Flaming Star Nebula (IC 405) and the Starfish Cluster (M38). Just 18 minutes of exposures before fog took over.
With the comet fading and getting lower in the sky ervery day, the nearly full moon and high clouds, it is getting more and more difficult to photograph. This was shot from Public Observatory Bussloo.
Moonlight, strong light pollution and a low position made a naked eye observation impossible. A pair of binoculars is required to watch the comet.
It had been a week since I had seen the comet. So in spite of the circumstances (high clouds, moonlight and heavy light pollution) I made an attempt to observe the comet. The comet was no longer visible to the naked eye, but this was mainly due to the quality of the sky (even M31 was not visible).
Conditions were very poor. Therefore I decided to stay at home and shoot this short timelapse through my bedroomwindow.
Another very windy but mostly clear night. The comet is slowly beginning to dim, but is still very well visible to the naked eye.
Another very windy session with an occasional cloud, some cirrus, turbulent seeiing and lots of light pollution.Continue reading
Very poor conditions still. Nothing more than a gap in the clouds. On the original image, a 15 degree long tail is visible.