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Observation by Alan C Tough: C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)

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Alan C Tough


Alan C Tough


2020 Jul 11 - 23:52


2020 Jul 13 - 08:21


C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)
Noctilucent cloud

Planetarium overlay



Field centre

RA: 06h59m
Dec: +44°40'
Position angle: -8°13'

Field size

11° × 7°

  • Canon EOS 5D Mk III DSLR
  • Sigma EX DG 150 mm f/2.8 lens
  • Manfrotto Tripod
  • Minox 8x44 binoculars

2 seconds @ f/4, ISO-800


Elgin, Moray, Scotland

Target name

Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) + (faint) NLC


C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)

About this image

Thanks to some sizable holes in the nightly tropospheric cloud blanket, I was able to observe this spectacular comet for 25 minutes: my first, and so far only, sighting. Also visible were some random bands of Noctilucent Cloud. At around 2:30 a.m (BST), the ISS passed by a beautiful pairing of the waning gibbous Moon and Mars. Quite a night!

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