Quick Tips for Photographing Comets

Quick Tips for Photographing Comets

By Kim Fogle

Comets appears to the eye as a tiny star with a blur. Binoculars, a small telescope, or a camera with a long lens can help you spot it.

     Image of Comet Neowise by Kim Fogle

    Image by Kim Fogle - Sony a7III w/ Sony 85mm 1.4 f/1.8, ISO 1250. 

    • To photograph comets, have a longer lens (I used an 85mm and a 100-400) and a tripod.
    • Put the lens into manual focus and turn the fine focus ring to infinity. You may have to adjust the fine focus a little to get a tack-sharp focus on the comet.
    • Use a wide aperture. On the 85mm, I used an f/1.8. You'll want a shutter speed of 2-3 seconds to get enough light from the comet, but you don't want it to be too long or you'll start getting stair trails.
    • You may have to push the ISO high, especially if you don't have a lens with a wide aperture.