Comet Neowise and 3 Castle Head Panoramic
Tom O'Donoghue

Comet Neowise and 3 Castle Head Panoramic

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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. Now a few weeks after the comet was visible in the Northern hemisphere, both the dust and ion tails are visible. The comet's dust tail is seen when sunlight is reflected off the ejected dust as it approaches the Sun. The ion tail comes from the gases being ionised from the solar radiation, and shines in a vivid blue. It appears in a different plane which points directly towards the Sun. While the dust tail follows the path or orbit of the Comet.

On the 18th of July 2020, in the Summer twilight, and before the comet set behind the hills, I was able to take a series of vertical shots that I could stitch into a panoramic photo, showing the three Castle towers and lake at the location of 3 Castle Head, Cork.

Each frame was a 20s shot at ISO 2500. Canon 5D 14mm 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.