It was very painful, but I managed to get up early for the second morning in a row to pursue a picture of the latest decent comet to grace our skies. It was quite painful indeed, but I made plans to meet my buddy Brian just as added insurance so I wouldn’t roll over and go back to sleep after the alarm went off.
I’m sure you’ve heard of Comet Neowise by now. It is likely to be the comet of the decade and I have no idea why it is called Neowise. I’m sure google would tell me if I took the time to look.
Comets have funny names. The first one I remember was Comet Kohoutek in the early 1970s. I was a kid and I bought a telescope just to see the comet. Sadly, Kohoutek was only famous because it was a big bust. It was never as dramatic as predicted and I never saw it. In fact, I never used that telescope because I just couldn’t figure it out. It was all very disappointing. The next comet I remember was Hale-Bopp in the late 1990s. I didn’t own a camera at the time and I only watched the comet from my driveway. I’ve always regretted not making more of an effort to view and photograph Hale-Bopp. That regret eventually become rocket fuel for my pursuit of travel, mountains, glaciers, images, eclipses, and living a life with as little regret as possible. Thank you Hale-Bopp!
So, some lost sleep is nothing now over the next few days as I chase Comet Neowise. Wish me luck. No regrets!!