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c/2020 F3 NEOWISE at 5:01am from Indiana July 13, 2020

13 Jul 2020, 10:12 UTC
c/2020 F3 NEOWISE at 5:01am from Indiana July 13, 2020
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Visible to the naked eye this morning. Comet c/2020 F3 NEOWISE at 5:01 a.m. facing NE in Noblesville, Indiana. Shot with DSLR on tripod.Canon T5i, ISO 3200, 75mm, f/4, 4sI set an alarm for 4:30 a.m. but I was up at 4:15 because I was too excited. I made some coffee and doused myself in bug spray, ready to head out to a spot I scouted the evening before with Chris. I used an app called Theodolite to scout my location because it accurately measures through my iPhone the direction and elevation of the crosshairs in my camera viewfinder so I can tell if I have a clear view of the NE sky at 10 degrees above the horizon. I didn't even have time to drink my coffee. I figured I'd be waiting around for the comet to rise above the building across the street, but I guess I under estimated how high it would be by 5am. When I got to the sidewalk, I quickly got my bearings spotting Venus and Aldebaran in close conjunction and looked to the left. Dawn was quickly approaching, and I just used the spray and pray method, using all different combinations of duration ...

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