Neowise from Western Washington

July 20, 2020/Jonathan Rundle/0 Comments

I took a few stabs at capturing Neowise while it was visiting our planet’s periphery. I’m no pro astrophotographer by any means, but I always like to try new things. These photos are a record of my fascination with the comet. Enjoy these appearances of Neowise from Western Washington.

As a kid, I remember watching Jack Horkheimer and his “Star Hustler” tv show. His guidance helped me find the Hale-Bopp comet through my dad’s binoculars back in the 90’s. Jack always closed each show with “Keep looking up!” and I think he’d be happy to know many of us still do!

Neowise from Seattle

To get my first look at Neowise, I woke up my wife at 2:30 am for a 15-minute drive to the I-90 East Portal Viewpoint Park. There was one other person there with a camera and a telescope.

East Portal Viewpoint Park

Across Lake Washington, first light starts to silhouette the Cascade Range with Bellevue in the foreground.

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Once the rats started to wake up at East Portal Park and start digging through the trash can, I decided I’d seen enough. As much as we enjoyed seeing it near Seattle, we needed to get to somewhere with a little less light pollution—and no rats digging around.

Neowise from Deception Pass

To catch another good glimpse of Neowise from Western Washington, we headed west. I intended to set up shop on Mount Erie near Anacortes but the park is closed. I assume thanks to COVID. So, we diverted to Deception Pass.

Sunset at Deception Pass

We arrived just after sunset so I prepped for the comet to make an appearance around 10:30 pm.

Sunset at Deception Pass

I went out to the bridge with my camera and tripod. Deception Pass Bridge’s walkway is so cramped and with the vehicles whizzing by I expected to get knocked out by a rear-view mirror. But, I made it home safe and sound.

Anyway, sure enough Neowise put on a nice show here at Deception Pass.

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About Neowise from Western Washington

Get out of the city if you can to see this celestial event. It’s only here for a short time and won’t be back for 6,800 years!

Interested in seeing more Pacific Northwest celestial adventure? Check out this post about Oregon’s total solar eclipse from 2017.

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