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Stunning photos, Bill! Just stunning.
I’ve made two trips up CA-14 and US-395 to photograph comet NEOWISE. The first was in the early morning since the comet wasn’t visible to us in Southern California in the evening. Even though the moon was in the sky and quite bright, I chose a dark location, next to the cinder cone know as “Red Hill” just south of Coso Junction. I arrived early and shot a star trail series(which didn’t work) while waiting for the comet to rise. Even with the moon being pretty bright it was clearly visible in the northeast sky. I shot one wide shot of the comet, including the “Red Hill” in the frame and attempted to shot a more narrow view, but ran out of time as the clouds were rolling in. The more narrow view you see here is one of my test shots. A week later I fired to the Prius to shot the comet in the evening at the Red Cliffs at Red Rock Canyon State Park. I had to hike up the nature trail to gain some elevation to be able to see the comet over the red cliffs.
Comet NEOWISE rises over the Coso Range with a volcanic cinder cone at the left. The foreground it lit by the 3/4’s moon.
As the sun rises, NEOWISE begins to fade from view.
NEOWISE is positioned right over the red cliffs at Red Rock Canyon State Park.
NEOWISE’s visibility above the Red Cliffs at Red Rock was short lived, it began setting within a half hour.