Photographing Neowise with 600mm lens

Started 3 months ago | Questions thread
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Re: Late arriving advice for Craig

stacking would have been my best option, at least considering where I'm shooting from.  (My balcony, inside the Phoenix city limits).

I'm reasonably competent at post-processing, where I picked up a lot of techniques from shooting underwater.  But I don't have the specialized knowledge for this subject.

Still, I've enhanced the differences quite a bit from the original, using contrast (+), highlights (+), shadows (o, or -), black point (-) in Lightroom to try to bring out the whites an darken the blacks at the same time.   Trouble is, on a lot of my images, there is just a lot of background glow (and pollution, and haze) bringing down the contrast on a very dim object to start with.

Attempted to process in some more tail...

In the above image, perhaps the best one of my last night photographing Neowise, the area around the tail is just about as bright (I assume haze in the air) as the tail.

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