This was my first 2020 shoot in DelValle. The main entrance was closed by now so this was made on the Arroyo Road side. The dogs like it here too, but the coyotes are more prevalent, so I have to stay on top of things and keep them out of trouble.
I made the trip up to the summit of DelValle Road intending to shoot Neowise. As you can see in the images of Mt. Diablo, there was a haze up to a few thousand feet and light clouds above that. Those conditions didn't change through to about 11pm at which time the comet wasn't visible at all because by then the fog was coming in too. When Neowise first made it's appearance at about 920pm, it was behind the clouds. As soon as it came below the clouds it was in the haze. We needed binoculars and scopes just to find it in the sky. I could neither focus nor expose it properly in camera. I show two shots here just for the sake of saying I shot it. 😣 This experience makes me wonder how those awesome shots we see on the web were made. What gear was used? Did they use a telescope with a camera attached? Somehow, I can't imagine my shots being anything like those even if it were clear, but...who knows. If I'm around when it comes back in 7000 years, we'll see. 🙄 Not one to waste a shoot, I did capture more of the valley's glorious views. Even when brown, our hills are magical, and who doesn't like moon shots?