Comet Neowise and Ireland's Eye Martello Tower
Tom O'Donoghue

Comet Neowise and Ireland's Eye Martello Tower

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Throughout July 2020, Comet Neowise was a fantastic sight, visible without binoculars or a telescope. This Naked Eye object was low in the North when it became visible, and began to skim the Northern horizon shortly thereafter. For Ireland's Latitude, the sky never reaches Astronomical darkness during July.

So although very bright, there was only a small window of time for the skies to get dark enough to see it, then before it was lost in the murk low on the horizon. The comet's dust tail is seen when sunlight is reflected off the ejected dust as it approaches the Sun.

On the 10th of July 2020, I went to Howth Harbour to see if I could spot the comet over Ireland's Eye and the Martello Tower. Some lights from the harbour were causing light pollution, but the comet could be easily seen an hour after sunset. In this photo, I managed to capture the Comet in a fading sunset sky, and the Martello Tower in the foreground.

This is a 15s exposure at ISO 1600 and f/4, at 150mm zoom. Canon 5D, 70-200mm lens.

Note: All our prints are printed on Baryta 325g Paper, which is an excellent paper for framing. The paper is a gloss type, which gives very vivid colour views.