Dinner with friends…

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Guacamole and chips and champagne

Yesterday marks the first time since the pandemic started that we have had dinner with our friends.

A discernible shape?

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This is the much enlarged image of Mars

In my previous post I said that Mars actually appeared as a tiny sphere.  Here is a much enlarged portion of that image — it’s not much to look at, but I’m tickled that it doesn’t appear to just be a diffraction pattern from a point source of light…

Moon and Mars

In the original, if you zoom in so that pixels are individual squares, Mars actually is a discernible sphere.

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Lower left, needing no introduction, is the Moon. Upper right, in the far far distance, is Mars

Fire across the Bay

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Looking across South San Francisco Bay at an out of control wildfire.

This photo was taken from our balcony.  Our development abuts canyonland that could turn into an inferno like this.

Farewell dear comet

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Retreating into the far reaches

Olympus EM I Mark III, 150mm lens, f/2.8, 20s, ISO1600.  Slight greenish tint, as has been noted by others.

Yesterday was the first time it was visible, after three days of bright clear days followed by early evening overcast.

There are many thousands of photos of this comet, most of them better than this.  It’s a personal momento.

NEOWISE

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Comet NEOWISE

Olympus EM 1-3; 40mm F2.8 for 2 seconds.  ISO 3200.  I was sitting down, with the camera on my lap.  If weather permits I will try again tonight with a bigger lens and a tripod…

View from CSUH

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View from California State University, Hayward (or Cal State East Bay, as it is now called) 2020-06-07