Saturday 11th July 2020 – Noctilucent Neowise

The mission was plain and simple – To try and get the Comet Neowise and NLCs in the same picture and a once in a lifetime shot literally as the next time the comet visits us will be in the year 8700. After waiting patiently for 5 nights for a clear night after Low Pressure had the UK in Cloud and Rain since the weekend before everything looked set for Friday Night and Saturday Morning of the 10/11th July.

During the week I had extensively scouted out new locations with a North view and found a nice spot on the Dengie Peninsular in Essex which is about 40 minutes away from my house. We left at 1145pm and arrived at the location at 1230am. The Comet was visible with full tail even when we arrived just under the star Capella.

There was so much going on including a stunning Moon Rise in the East around 1am, add into that 2 amazing Persoid Meteors and an ISS pass overhead and this was even before the NLCs started to show. I first started to see the NLCs in the North West Sky viewable only by camera at this stage. But with the Moon rising and lighting up the foreground and the NLCs getting stronger and higher in the Sky the stage was set. I pulled off this first shot around 2am

Success straight away with the Comet and NLCs in the same image but the show was just getting going and some incredible cloud formations in the NLCs were stealing the show.

The display was getting stronger all the time as we neared 3am

The rippling effect was amazing to watch but by now the Comet had moved too far away in the North East Sky to get in the same shot. We got 1 last shot around 330am as the NLCs were dying off and as the tide came in enough to get a nice reflection shot.

Another great night of NLC action in this amazing season for it.

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