I have had an impossible time trying to locate this comet. My lat/long is 38.3/-82.4. My elevation is 705ft.

The application that I'm using shows me exactly where Neowise is supposed to be (North East, best viewed before sunrise around 4:00am, etc.), but I've managed to not locate it once in the last three days at that time. Stayed out for an hour straight each time, starting at 4:00am.

Is it not viewable from my position?


From that location, the easiest time in the morning to see the comet is between 4:50 and 5:10 AM EDT. I've seen it at similar times relative to nautical dawn at my location. Much earlier than that, the comet may be too low, especially if nearby trees obscure the horizon. Some software mishandles daylight saving time.

As the comet shifts eastward, nautical dusk around 10:00 PM will be a good time in the evening to look for it. This Sky & Telescope article provides both morning and evening finder charts.

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  • $\begingroup$ I'll see if I can find it again. I've been exclusively up at that time (wrecked my sleep schedule for this) and haven't had any luck. Thanks for the info. $\endgroup$ – Beliod Jul 13 at 21:00
  • $\begingroup$ Was between 4:50 and 5:10 AM . The comet is currently transitioning from being a pre-sunrise comet to a post-sunset comet. $\endgroup$ – David Hammen Jul 13 at 22:19
  • $\begingroup$ We, a friend and I, can't spot Neowise by the naked eyes. However, using a smartphone with a ported gcam in astrophotography mode gives a more then decent result. I wanted to post the pic but this would require this comment to be listed as an answer... $\endgroup$ – Alchimista Jul 16 at 9:55

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