Comet C/2020 M3 (ATLAS)
Timing was fortunate. Easing of local Covid-19 travel restrictions allowed travel away from the heavy light-pollution of Melbourne just at the time of closest approach to Earth and New Moon, so I was able to view it under very dark, cloud-free skies and excellent seeing. In 12x80 binoculars it was easily found as a large fuzzy object near Bellatrix.
|2020 November 14, 14:30UT: photographed against the stars of Orion when around magnitude 8. Canon 5D II + 500mm lens with 1.4X extender (fl = 700mm), at f5.6, on a Synta NEQ6 Pro mount tracking the sky. Sixty-four minutes of 120 sec exposures stacked and combined to optimise the comet and the star field; field of view 3°x2°, north is to the left. There may be a hint of tail directed towards the upper right of the frame. Bellatrix is the bright bluish star.|