Sunrise at Harkers Island

I was hoping to capture the comet Swan in the very early dawn (comet C/2020 F8). This comet was only recently discovered at the end of March and it has been putting on an incredible show for people in the southern hemisphere. For us, in the northern hemisphere it is visible in the southeast, just above the horizon for only about an hour or so before sunrise which makes it difficult to detect. The tail of this comet is estimated to have an apparent length of 11 full moons! If you have a clear view of the eastern horizon with absolutely no trees, you maybe able to catch a glimpse of the comet located in the constellation Pisces just before sunrise. The comet will swing further and further north as it swings around the sun and reaches perihelion (closest point to the sun) on May 27.

Unfortunately on Tuesday morning (12 May) the moon was closed to 3rd quarter (at Waning Gibbous 68%), therefore there was too much moon light to see the comet.

I used my Nikon D7500 with the Nikon DX AF-S NIkkor 55-300mm and the Tamron 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD lenses at the Cape Lookout National Seashore facility on Harkers Island.

I started out taking photographs of the night sky using the wide-angle lens (Tamron 17-35mm).

On May 12th, the Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter can be seen near the moon.

Next the sunrise.  I got to say, the sunrise was awesome.  I used the Nikon NIkkor 55-300mm lens for those photographs.


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