Roadtrip to Northwest Missouri Tuesday night hoping for clear skies and to get a look at Comet C/2009 R1 McNaught in the morning, perhaps even a picture? Things almost came together.
The night is short this time of year, before long the comet was above the horizon. After rising higher I found the comet was not bright or distinct in the sky. Much better viewed with binoculars. Intermittent clouds near the end of darkness, very heavy dew and operator error nearly ruined any chance of a picture. Despite all that I captured a few exposures. Click image on the right to see.
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you might find
You get what you need
It’s been five years since I was up by Gilman City, MO and I find the dark sky is still pretty good. It was a real pleasure seeing the milky way blazing overhead, a good night under the stars.