C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) 2020-Jul-26 Michael Rosolina

The comet has now gotten high enough that I don't have to mount an expedition to see it. I just went down my lane about a hundred yards so I could look back over the ridge to my immediate NW.

The comet is still quite visible in my 12x36 image stabilized binoculars, even with the 5+ day old Moon nearby. I compared it to Alula Borealis and Alula Australis in UMa and psi UMa. The coma appears dimmer but the tail is still bright and appears broader and more fan like. I could see 5 degrees of tail disappearing out of my field of view. This was at 0200 26 July UT.

m1= ~4.0 DC= 6/ Dia= 3'

I also took a bunch of pics before NEOWISE set behind the ridge. I haven't processed them yet but here is a single frame. Canon T5i, Rokinon 14mm f/2.8, 10 sec, ISO 1600.

To the left of the comet is Mel111, the Coma Star Cluster, in Coma Berenices. The light in the lower right corner is the second floor of my house. My wife was in bed but when the cat knocked over his food dish, she turned on her reading lamp so she could see to clean it up. It's a 20w bulb.

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