Article regarding a possible sighting of a rare “green” comet will pass metro Vancouver. Astronomers predicted that on Feb 1, 2023 will be its closest approach and would be the optimal time to see the comet is at around 9:00 pm -10:00 pm.
What would you need to Photograph the comet?
Here's some basic list to help you get that once in a lifetime chance to Photograph the “green” Comet:
- A stable tripod helps to avoid blurry photos. It's going to be a waiting game and having a tripod definitely helps you to relax while waiting and securing your spot as well. A portable chair is good to have too :)
- An extra battery, With the cold weather that we have now, batteries drain faster. It's also a good trick to put your spare batteries in a “sock” or something that would keep them away from cold temperatures.
- Camera remote. goes hand in hand with a tripod for the same reason, to avoid blurry photos. Nowadays, cameras have really good wifi feature that you can connect to your phone to enable remote shooting.
- a “fast” lens, at least f2.8 or faster, to avoid "noisy" images by pushing higher ISO. (Recommended but not necessary, It helps you get a cleaner picture but it's better to use whatever you have to document this comet)
- Wide angle lens is preferable to see where it would be and to capture the whole scene. Some photographers change their lens to a telephoto for a closer look.
- A base setting of f2.8 on the lens, 25-30 seconds on shutter speed and ISO range of 2500-3200 ISO (change accordingly). As mentioned above, You can also use f4 lens but adjust either your shutter speed to take a longer exposure or your ISO to increase sensitivity.
Explanation on Exposure Triangle can be found on our Blog Posting: Exposure Triangle
- try to level your camera so the horizon is straight. It's more pleasing to the eyes when everything is leveled.
Samples of Photographing the comet with the settings listed above:
Taken last July of 2020 (C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) or Comet NEOWISE is a long period comet with a near-parabolic orbit discovered on March 27, 2020, by astronomers during the NEOWISE mission of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescope.)
PS: Stay safe and dress warm!
See you out on the field. Happy Shooting!
Your Resident Photographer at Broadway Camera