If there was a theme to my early morning observations this year, it was “space junk.” Effectively ideal conditions were soiled by the incessant amount of satellites that come and go from all directions. But I did observe meteors and captured at least one with my iPhone.
Under less than ideal circumstances, I attempted to observe and photograph the Perseid Meteor Shower. The near-Full Moon did not help.
The Pleiades were the last stars I photographed during the 2021 Lunar Eclipse. I framed this picture in context of my prior images and sketches.
At 2 a.m. I did not want to retool my equipment for the entire constellation, but decided a quick look towards Orion’s nebula wouldn’t hurt.
The image above was the most spectacular, captured very early in the session.
I watched it and felt a sense of loss, that soon, this comet would never be seen by me or anyone else again for thousands of years.
I tried an observation only since the sky had some patches of openness towards the Northwest.
Of all the views I have seen myself so far of Neowise, the simple view from the Dob has been my favorite.
Between my first sighting of C/2020 F3 on the 13th of July to my second sighting on the 16th was a period of unusable cloud cover.
I took a number of images of the nebula, playing around with the exposure and ISO settings.