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  • Writer's pictureStefan Ivanov


Updated: Feb 22

Hi, starfriends!


In this stellar travel publication, I have collected my first and very timid steps into the night photography.

Jupiter, Saturn and the Milky way
Jupiter in the middle, Saturn, slightly to the left and the Milky Way above them

I've always dreamed of photographing the Milky Way or just a starry sky on a summer night, or Jupiter, Saturn, or just the moon with its craters.

C2020 F3 NEOWISE over Asarel Medet near Panagyurishte

Night photography - a kind of peak in professional photography. It takes enviable skills to cope, but let's not be fooled, in addition to professional skills, you need a lot of money to buy the necessary equipment - large and very expensive lenses, expensive cameras, tripod, warm clothes, because you usually go to some very dark place far from the lights of the settlements (for example, the mountains), as well as quite specialized equipment.


I took the photos in this travel blog journey with my personal phone and without a tripod, ie. "by hand". And given the available and scarce resources, I dare say that they turned out quite well.

The specific occasion was a distant guest who visits us every (average) 6000 years.

It bears the strange name C / 2020 F3 (NEOWISE). Acquaintances immediately hurried to correct me, saying that the name is far from strange, but quite accurate and logical - "C" refers to the object that is named, ie in our case it is a comet, "2020 F3 "Is the date of its opening, ie the second half of March this year, and" NEOWISE "is the program and the team behind its opening.

Here, things are simpler, aren't they.

That same late July evening I went out of town because the backlight was too bright, otherwise there was too much light.

I was just holding a phone. I was looking for it in the northwest because I knew she was out there. I could see it with my field of vision - an incredibly dim light in the sky, but it helped me point my phone at the place and take pictures. Photography was another matter, and it was very clear there.

Satisfied with the results, I decided that next night I would have to find a really dark place far from the city lights. That's why I headed to the Oborishte area. It was definitely quite dark there, and scary. Good photos.

I also managed to capture the Milky Way, as well as Jupiter and Saturn.

My dear friends, enjoy the July starry sky and NEOWISE.

Goodbye, NEOWISE, and a pleasant journey through the Universes!

I wish you an exceptional and impressive walk!

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