Comet Neowise

Last night, I ventured out into the scorching badlands of West Texas to see if I could spot a cosmic visitor. With the temperatures still topping 100 degrees even after dusk, and camera in hand, I sought out a mostly abandoned country road and set up my tripod.

To my utter amazement, and many years after my first and rather pathetic attempt to get a picture of Comet Panstarrs, I got the best comet photos I’ve ever taken.

For comparison, this is Comet Panstarrs in March of 2013.
Here’s my picture of Comet Neowise. A little blurry due to the rotation of the Earth over the exposure time, but I’m very happy with it!
I experiemented a bit with exposure time and aperture sizes. It was a balancing act as wider apertures made more detailed images, but caused more blur. I never could get the perfect hang of it with the regular lenses.
Switching to a fisheye allowed the images to be clearer, and got nice environmental photos.
A car peaked over a distant hill during this 30 second exposure.
My attempt at a comet selfie.
I also decided to take some star pictures just for the heck of it. This one was probably my favorite. I illuminated the road with my phone flashlight.
The beautiful Milky Way.
An airplane high above.
The red lights are oil well construction down the road.

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