Saturday, July 18, 2020

Like A Diamond In The Sky

I've spent the last several nights watching for the Comet NEOWISE.  I finally realized that I was probably missing it due to all the trees around our house, so last night I packed up the dogs and my camera (but forgot the bug repellent and my binoculars) and headed for the hill in the back field.

About the bug repellent...I really don't notice many bugs around the house and barn at night.  If the back porch light is on, then yes, but if not, they really aren't a problem.  Bug repellent never even crossed my mind.  The binoculars...never crossed my mind either but that's a mind issue, not an experience issue.

Turns out the bats are taking care of a LOT of bugs each night.  The back field was brutal.  Between not having any luck spotting the comet and knowing even if I did I wouldn't be able to see it very well without the binoculars and The Bugs, I finally bailed around 10:30 and headed back to the barn.  

As I drove through the gate next to the barn I looked up and just like finding a four leaf clover, there it was.  Right over the Wool House.  I took this picture with my iPhone.  I'll try again tonight to get a "big girl camera" shot...or maybe I'll just watch it through the binoculars and enjoy it.  

You can see it pretty well with just your naked eye, but the tail is really incredible with some zoom. Here's a link that might help you spot it.  Sounds like we have a couple more days of visibility.  Go out and find it.  Don't forget your binoculars...and your bug spray if you don't have a hard working bat colony.


Shelley said...

Lucky you!!! That's a beautiful capture. Don't know if your big girl camera could do better.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Sara, I've been trying to find it!!! I was so disappointed the other night. I need to find that site for better instructions. It is so cool and it won't be back in our lifetime!!! Katherine L.

Marcy said...

Fantastic picture! Thanks for sharing.

I need orange said...

Super capture! And how excellent to have your own wool house in the pic!

Shirley said...

I have been trying to spot it but I think the mountains here hide it. Seems that it is low on the horizon.

LannieK said...

Great, great shot! And right over the wool house 😁
I am so enjoying all the posted photos of the comet. We just have too many trees.

Terry and Linda said...

Excellent photo! I've been trying for days, but we are cloudy with a chance of rain ALL THE TIME! GRRRR

Far Side of Fifty said...

It was cloudy tonight , we have lots of bugs! You did great getting a photo!


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