C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) 2020-Jul-20 Mike Napper

Last night I was too tired to trek to a dark sky site way out of town. I decided to do an experiment from my light polluted neighborhood. I set up in a small park 1500 feet behind the local Super Target. The comet was not naked eye visible looking through the light dome from the Super Target and the bigger light dome of Jacksonville. However, I could see the Big Dipper and with 15x70 binoculars located the comet quickly just before 9:30PM. The coma was fairly bright and the tail spanned about 2.5 degrees in binoculars. So light pollution is not an excuse to not try for the comet.

Canon T5i kit zoom set at 135mm, 5sec, f/5.6, 1600iso untracked, stacking 42 lights and 39 darks in Sequator followed by processing in Photoshop and cropping.

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