Comet Neowise C/2020 F3 (Jul 10, 2020)

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About this Image

Neowise C/2020 F3 is the brightest comet appoaching Earth since Hale-Bopp in 1997. However it is rising to the NE at early dawn in the morning sky and can be spotted visually at about 13 degree altitude.
On July 18 the comet peaked at a northern declination of +48 and was circumpolar down to latitude 42N.
Its closest approach to Earth occurred on July 23, 2020, at a distance of 0.69 AU (103 million km).
The comet reached its closest apparition to the Sun a week ago and shined at a brightness of mag 1.
This passage increases the comet's orbital period from about 4400 years to about 6700 years.

Find a video showing the rise of the comet above the mountain here.


Technical Details


Canon EF 200mm lens at f/2.8

Mount I-Optron Skytracker>
Camera Canon 6D at ISO400
Date Jul 10, 2020 02h30 UT
Location LoserAltaussee/Austria at 1550m elevation
Sky Conditions early dawn sky, good transparency, temperature 5 C
Exposure 7 x13 sec combined
Processing Image preprocessing by Adobe DNG Converter
further processing in Photoshop CS5;