Neowise was NO Hale-Bopp.

July 31, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Mars, Saturn, Milky Way, Jupiter from the Isle of Wight.Mars, Saturn, Milky Way, Jupiter from the Isle of Wight.

Let me take you back 23 odd years.

To 1997.

(I know... that was indeed almost a quarter of a century ago now. Ridiculous, eh?)

Before Brexit.

Before Covid-19.

Before Trump. (Bill Clinton began his 2nd term in 1997).

Before Boris Johnson. (Tony Blair won a landslide in 1997 remember?)

A gurt big comet hung in the night sky for over a year during 1996 and 1997 as you may well, like me, remember. It became part of the nocturnal furniture as far I was concerned, as it hung above my three-floor flat, during my hard-drinking, hard-smoking and hard-partying time of my life (I was a bachelor bakery manager at the time, without wife, kids, mortgage or any responsibilities to be honest - and so enjoyably lived life virtually feral).

But even through the beery-haze of the 1990s, I remember comet Hale-Bopp.

Back then though, I had no camera and wasn't therefore taking any photos of anything.

In fact, back in 1997, I'm pretty sure I didn't even have a mobile phone - let alone a "smart phone".  I think I got my first mobile phone in 1999 in case you want to know. And I "got" my first email address a couple of years later I think.  (I genuinely wish we could go back to a time without emails and mobile phones by the way... I DREAM of starting work of a day WITHOUT logging on and sighing at another load of blessed emails).


Anyway... I do remember Hale-Bopp and AM interested in comets and eclipses and moon phases and space stations and meteor showers.

And I DO have a camera now.

And I have some experience of taking photos of the night sky (see above - the milky way, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter (can you spot them all?) taken from the south coast of the Isle of Wight).


So... I went out at 2230hrs last night, to take a few photos of the stunning comet Neowise, that I've been reading so much about and seeing images of, everywhere.



The two photos I got are below.

Have a look at them.... and see if you can spot the spectacular comet Neowise. It's in BOTH shots by the way.

Having trouble seeing the SPECTACULAR comet Neowise?

Yes... so was I last night.

I was very disappointed to be honest - Hale-Bopp was truly SPECTACULAR - but Neowise well... just isn't, even if, in its defence, it is almost faded beyond visibility now as it heads towards the sun.

Scroll down to the end of this post to see the images above again, only this time with the comet pointed out and enlarged.

Anyway... even though I'm glad I saw it (and to some extent glad I took a photo of it), no....

Neowise is no Hale-Bopp.




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