iPhone 12 should have Touch ID like the iPad Air -- but it probably won't - CNET
Commentary: The button makes it easier to unlock the iPad Air without removing a mask for Face Unlock. It also raises questions about whether it will appear in the upcoming iPhone 12.
Apple's new iPad Air integrates Touch ID into a button on the side of the iPad. Apple This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters. One of the best new Apple features introduced during our unusual times may not appear in the iPhone 12. It may not arrive on any iPhone until next year -- if at all. Apple's new iPad Air, unveiled in mid-September and hitting the market later this month, relocates Touch ID to a button on the edge of the device. The company's upcoming iPhone 12 lineup should do something similar, giving users an option between unlocking their iPhone using their face or unlocking it with their fingerprint as the world combats the coronavirus pandemic. Apple's updated $599 (£579, AU$899) iPad Air integrates Touch ID into the power button on top of the tablet. This makes it easier for you to unlock the device while you're wearing a mask and allows Apple to include a larger screen in its tablet without relying on Face ID to unlock the device. To get Apple's face-unlocking technology in an iPad, users have to opt for one of the company's pricier Pro models. When it comes to the upcoming iPhone 12 lineup, Apple would be smart to do something similar. But with its popular smartphone, it should pack in both Touch ID and Face ID to make it much faster to get into the device when wearing a mask. The novel coronavirus pandemic, which has been raging around the world for months, likely isn't going away anytime soon. And that means we'll all be wearing masks when leaving the home for the foreseeable future. "The focus on the new integrated fingerprint reader likely presages that it will show up in the next iPhone as a hedge against Face ID," Reticle Research analyst Ross Rubin noted. If Apple hasn't already designed the feature into the Phone 12, though, it's unlikely to be added this soon before the launch. It takes Apple about a year to 18 months to develop each new iPhone, which means this year's models were designed well before the pandemic spread across the globe. Apple's new devices, its second virtual presentation during the pandemic, come at a difficult time. The coronavirus has infected over 32 million people around the globe and killed nearly a million. Millions of people are out of work amid a recession that's hitting the US hard, and COVID-19 shows no signs of abating in many places in the world. People have been scooping up electronics that let them work or take classes at home -- like webcams and laptops -- but they've been shunning purchases like 5G smartphones. This year, the phone industry will see its biggest drop in sales in a decade, according to CCS Insight. Apple typically holds a flashy product launch in September to show off its newest iPhones. On those occasions, the Apple Watch, iPad and other devices take a back seat to Apple's key smartphone, and the company sometimes holds another event in October for its iPads and Macs. This time around, the focus was on its other products, particularly the Apple Watch and the iPad. Apple earlier this year warned its iPhone production would be hurt by COVID-19, and in late July, it said its newest iPhones, which will sport super-fast 5G connectivity, would be delayed "by a few weeks" because of the pandemic. Apple has integrated Touch ID into the button on top of the iPad Air, a first for the company but something commonly found in Android devices. CNET As phones get slimmer and sleeker, companies have been looking for ways to cram a bigger screen into a smaller package without carving out space for a fingerprint sensor. Apple has relied on its Face ID to unlock its latest devices instead of a physical fingerprint reader, while other companies have commonly used techniques like embedding fingerprint sensors on the back or sides of devices or integrating the technology underneath the front display itself. The COVID-19 pandemic makes the move back toward physical buttons, like the iPad Air's integrated Touch ID, attractive to potential buyers who get frustrated by typing in a passcode every time they want to access their devices. Face ID's foibles Starting with the iPhone 5S in 2013, Apple embedded its fingerprint sensor into a round button on the front of its devices, taking away real estate from the display. In 2017, it ditched the Touch ID-enabled home button in favor of Face ID technology for the iPhone X. Over the following years, Apple packed Face ID into its high-end phones and tablets, a move that allowed it to include bigger screens on the devices but keep a secure, fast way to unlock the gadgets. As the coronavirus ravages the world and people seek protection by wearing masks, more consumers may seek out devices with physical unlock buttons. Apple's Face ID is more secure than Touch ID, but it doesn't work when someone's wearing a mask. In May, Apple made its devices unlock faster while wearing a mask, but it still requires someone to remove the mask for Face ID to work or to type in a passcode. Apple brought Touch ID back with March's iPhone SE. In that case, the technology was embedded into the round home button, and many applauded the ease of unlocking the device while wearing a face mask. But the inclusion of Touch ID in the home button limited the size of the phone's display. With the iPad Air, Apple has increased the screen size. Android device makers, like Samsung, have included fingerprint unlocking technology in buttons on the sides of their phones for years, and they've also integrated the technology underneath the display itself -- something Apple hasn't done. While in-screen fingerprint technology is attractive to users and device makers alike, it hasn't worked as well in practice as hoped. Early versions, on devices like Samsung's Galaxy S10, were slow, buggy and easy to hack. Qualcomm, the main provider of the technology, has made steady improvements to in-screen fingerprint technology, but it's still not widely used across the phone industry. So far, there haven't been rumors about Apple incorporating Touch ID into the iPhone 12. But here's hoping it makes the move in the iPhone 13.
Change these 6 Apple Watch settings right away. We'll tell you why - CNET
Control when you'll trigger Siri, adjust activity goals and stop taking accidental screenshots with these tips.
The default app grid isn't always the best. Vanessa Hand Orellana/CNET The Apple Watch is part smartwatch, giving you the ability to run apps and display notifications from your iPhone. It's also part fitness device, measuring your heart rate, tracking workouts and -- with the release of WatchOS 7 -- it can now monitor your sleep, too. With so many features and capabilities built into Apple Watch, it can be overwhelming as you try to make sense of why your watch has so many apps installed on it, or why Siri keeps randomly talking to you. Whether you've had your Apple Watch for a while, or you just picked up the new Apple Watch Series 6 or Apple Watch SE, you can prevent your camera roll from being overrun by errant screenshots and stop every app from automatically installing. Here's what to do. Adjust your all of your Activity goals With the release of WatchOS 7, Apple added the option to change your goals for the amount of time you stand and exercise. Previously, you could only change your Move (or calories) goal. So instead of using the defaults -- 30 minutes of exercise and a cumulative 12 standing hours a day -- you can change either one to fit your actual daily routine. This small change will make it possible for you hit your own targets when you actually start your day, not when Apple tells you to. For example, if you use sleep tracking overnight and need to charge your watch more often in the morning, you won't feel like you've lost an hour of time to close those rings. Open the Activity app on your watch then scroll to the bottom and tap Edit Goals. Make your adjustments for all three metrics and start closing those rings. You now have full control over what it takes to close your activity rings. Sarah Tew/CNET So long, random screenshots Taking a screenshot on the Apple Watch is done by pressing the Digital Crown and side button at the same time. It's a simple and convenient method, unless you're like me and find yourself frequently triggering it on accident, filling up the photos app with random pictures of your watch face. To turn off the ability to take screenshots altogether, open the Settings app on your watch or use the Watch app on your phone and go to General and scroll down until you find Enable Screenshots. Turn it off, and go back to a clutter free camera roll. The default app grid looks good and works for some, but for others, a list of installed apps is easier to navigate. CNET Stop every app from automatically installing Every time you install an app on your iPhone ($699 at Amazon), it will automatically install its Apple Watch counterpart if there is one. This can clutter up your watch's app grid pretty quick, making it hard to find the apps you do want to use on your watch. Either in the Watch app on your phone or in the Settings app on the Watch tap General and then slide the switch next to Automatic App Install to the Off position. Going forward, you can install individual apps on your watch by opening the Watch app on your phone, then scrolling to the bottom where you'll find a list of available apps. Make it easier to find your apps The honeycomb app grid looks great in promotion photos and at first glance, but it can be difficult to find the the app you want to launch, particularly if you have a lot of apps installed on your watch. Instead of using the grid, the watch can display all of your apps in an alphabetical list. Either in the Watch app on your phone or in the Settings app on the Watch and tap App View > List View. Now, when you press the Digital Crown to leave your watch face, you'll see a list of apps that you can quickly scroll through and find what you're looking for. See, doesn't the app list look better? Sarah Tew/CNET Control when you'll see Siri There are three different ways to activate Siri on your Apple Watch. You can raise your wrist towards your mouth and start talking, long-press the Digital Crown or use the wake phrase "Hey, Siri." I've found that I often accidentally trigger Siri when trying to check the time or read a notification while I'm talking to someone else (but my watch thinks I'm trying to talk to Siri). It's annoying, but thankfully can be changed. Either in the Watch app on your phone or in the Settings app on the Watch, select Siri and there you'll find three buttons to control when you'll see Siri. Slide each button to the Off position for any of the options you don't want to use. This is a hidden feature that you should memorize right now. Jason Cipriani/CNET Rearrange Control Center Just like Control Center on your iPhone, Control Center on the Apple Watch is where you go to quickly adjust settings like "do not disturb" and airplane mode, and activate the flashlight. However, you may find the default list of options in Control Center not the best fit for how you use your watch. For me, that means moving the Bedtime toggle from near the bottom of the list to the top. That way when I want to track my sleep over the weekend when I don't have sleep goals set, I can swipe up and tap the icon. To access Control Center on your watch, swipe up from the bottom of the watch face, or when in an app you can long-press on the bottom of the screen until you see Control Center start to slide up, after which you just need to slide your finger up to access it. The same trick works to view your notifications from anywhere. Change the order, or hide some buttons in Control Center by tapping the Edit button at the bottom of the list. The icons will begin to jiggle, and show a red minus sign to hide an option. Drag and drop the icons into your preferred order, or tap the red minus button to remove the option altogether. When you're done, tap Done or press the Digital Crown on the side of your watch to go back to the watch face. There are plenty more Apple Watch features that are worth checking out. For example, the ECG app can help identify heartbeat irregularities, there's a new dance workout, and you can even share your custom watch faces.
iPhone 12 Mini? Rumored name appears in new leak - CNET
We may now know what Apple's smallest iPhone 12 might be called.
A new rumor suggests Apple's smallest new iPhone will be called the iPhone 12 Mini. Angela Lang/CNET Apple is rumored to be prepping four new iPhones for October, and a new leak seemingly reveals the name of the smallest one will be iPhone 12 Mini. The leak, which is from Twitter user DuanRui, comes in the form of product stickers that appear to be for Apple-made cases for the new phones, with the names "iPhone 12 Mini," "iPhone 12/12 Pro" and "iPhone 12 Pro Max," all appearing in traditional Apple font and alongside Apple sticker staples like the text that it was "Designed by Apple in California." Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. DuanRui has a track record of previously sharing images of Apple products before they're announced, including in August with a leak of an iPad Air user manual that included details of the redesign, Touch ID fingerprint sensor and USB-C port. The account also correctly predicted the new hardware Apple would end up announcing at its Sept. 15 event. Rumored to be announced in mid-October, Apple's newest iPhones are said to range in screen size from 5.4 inches on the Mini to 6.7 inches for the 12 Pro Max, with the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro both said to have 6.1-inch displays. The phones are expected to support 5G, have an A14 processor and -- at least on the Pro versions -- add a lidar sensor for improved augmented reality support.
Bose enters gaming market with QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset - CNET
Add a boom microphone and PC desktop controller to the QuietComfort 35 II headphones and you've suddenly got a $330 gaming accessory.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset. Bose Bose'sQuietComfort 35 II headphones are among the most comfortable noise-canceling headphones ever made, so it's not surprising that Bose has converted them into a gaming headset, with the addition of a "noise-rejecting" boom microphone and PC desktop controller. What is a little surprising is that Bose didn't make its new QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset sooner as a lot of other audio companies have already jumped into the booming esports market. It's available for preorder now for $330 or $30 more than the list price of standard QuietComfort 35 II headphones. (There's no word yet on UK and Australian pricing or when the headset will be released in those countries). Bose calls this its "first two-in-one gaming and lifestyle headset" and you can use it as a Bluetooth headphone just as you would the QuietComfort 35 II. The boom microphone is removable, but with a lot of people working from home, it would also come in handy for making cellphone calls and videoconferencing. Read more: Best PS4 gaming headset for 2020 You can use it as a wired headset with PCs or PS4, Xbox and Nintendo Switch consoles, and wirelessly with PCs, smartphones and tablets. However, most people prefer to play in wired mode on PCs to avoid any audio lag with Bluetooth. The desktop controller allows you to lower or raise the master volume and cycle through four levels of mic monitoring, which lets you "self-regulate the sound of your own voice," Bose says, "and avoid shouting at your teammates." The desktop controller for PCs. Bose The headphones offer 40 hours of battery life in wired gaming mode and up to 20 hours in wireless mode; 15 minutes of quick-charge gives you up to 5 hours more for wired gaming and up to 2.5 hours more of wireless listening. It's true that $330 is a lot to pay for a gaming headset, but the idea here is that the QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset can do double duty as your everyday headphones (the newer Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are Bose's current flagship noise-canceling headphones). Alas, Bose says that it currently has no plans to release the microphone and desktop controller accessories, which would allow current QuietComfort 35 and 35 II owners to convert their headphones into gaming headsets. Other headphone companies, like V-Moda, sell a $30 boom microphone accessory for PC gamers. Update, 1:22 p.m.: Added more analysis and context.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla is launching early, alongside Xbox Series X - CNET
It's moved up a week to come out Nov. 10.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla is coming out a week early. Ubisoft Assassin's Creed Valhalla will come out Nov. 10, Ubisoft revealed in a tweet Wednesday, a week earlier than its previous Nov. 17 release date. It'll arrive on the same day as Microsoft's Xbox Series X and Series S next-gen consoles. The game will hit PS4, PC and Google Stadia that day too. It's coming to PS5 as well, but Sony has yet to reveal the console's launch date. In a separate tweet, Ubisoft's Azaïzia Aymar promised fans that the game "will be there." Assassin's Creed Valhalla [digital] for Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S: See at Amazon Assassin's Creed Valhalla [disc] for Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S: See at Amazon The Assassin's Creed franchise is an action-adventure series from Ubisoft about a sect of robed assassins who fight a group called the Templars across history -- Valhalla will let you play as a Viking. Assassin's Creed Valhalla [digital] for PS4: See at PlayStation Assassin's Creed Valhalla [disc] for PS4: See at Amazon Assassin's Creed Valhalla [disc] for PS5: See at Amazon This new release follows 2018's Assassin's Creed Odyssey, which was set in Ancient Greece. Read more: Assassin's Creed Valhalla Pre-Order Details: New Release Date, Bonuses, And More (GameSpot)
NASA ditching insensitive nicknames for cosmic objects - CNET
NASA reconsiders unofficial names given to galaxies and nebulae, such as "Eskimo Nebula," as it works to be more inclusive.
NASA will no longer use the old nickname given to nebula NGC 2392. NASA/Andrew Fruchter (STScI) Terms we use to describe the cosmos aren't immune to scrutiny at a time when many people are working to identify and remove racist language. Just as tech terms are being reevaluated, NASA is also reconsidering how we talk about space. "As the scientific community works to identify and address systemic discrimination and inequality in all aspects of the field, it has become clear that certain cosmic nicknames are not only insensitive, but can be actively harmful," the space agency said in a statement Wednesday. "NASA is examining its use of unofficial terminology for cosmic objects as part of its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion." Nicknames are especially popular when it comes to galaxies and nebulae. Check out Arp 142, which consists of NGC 2336 and NGC 2937. Those designations might not ring a bell for most people, but you'd definitely remember "the Penguin and the Egg" galaxies because they look like an adorable penguin guarding an egg. NASA gave two examples of cosmic objects it'll no longer use nicknames for. Planetary nebula NGC 2392 has been called the "Eskimo Nebula." "'Eskimo' is widely viewed as a colonial term with a racist history, imposed on the indigenous people of Arctic regions," NASA explained. NASA already added a note to a 2008 image release showing NGC 2392 that explains the decision to retire the nickname. The agency will also use only the official designations of NGC 4567 and NGC 4568 to refer to a pair of spiral galaxies that were known as the "Siamese Twins Galaxy." This reexamination of cosmic names is ongoing. "Our goal is that all names are aligned with our values of diversity and inclusion, and we'll proactively work with the scientific community to help ensure that. Science is for everyone, and every facet of our work needs to reflect that value," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate.
A pair of meteor showers are peaking as comet Neowise fades - CNET
The brightest comet in a generation is heading back to deep space, but some big meteor showers offer a night sky encore.
Comet Neowise and a meteor captured over Bluff, Utah, on July 20. Spaceweather.com/Paul Martini The best nights to see bright comet Neowise are likely behind us, but skywatchers should look for it this week while also watching for meteor showers hitting their stride. A handful of meteor showers are currently active, including the alpha Capricornids and Southern delta Aquarids that peak on July 29. Also, the moon is only partially illuminated this week and Neowise should still be visible with binoculars, leaving you little excuse not to go outside after dark and spend a little time just looking up. Last week, I ventured out into the exceptionally dark evening of the New Mexico desert, several miles from the lights of the nearest small town. I turned to the north, located the Big Dipper in the sky and moved my gaze downward just a bit. Comet Neowise with its long, flaring tail was immediately obvious, even before my eyes had fully adjusted to the darkness. I spent less than 10 minutes outside watching the night sky, and in that span of time managed to see two meteors whip by, including one that appeared to cut across the tail of Neowise. It was a truly remarkable sight that instantly had me regretting my failure to grab my telescope or a camera. Some of you had no such regrets, and have shared your best Neowise pics with me: @EricCMack This was last night (7/19/20) at Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, NV. Did the edit on my iPhone 11 Pro with Lightroom app. Not much done but a little here and there adjustment. pic.twitter.com/TNCNVmKcpY Ray Reyes (@RayReyes4) July 21, 2020 @EricCMack Comet 2020 F3 (NEOWISE) Taken looking North towards the City of London I used a gradient filter to darken the horizon, the opposite of the way it is normally usedhttps://t.co/K44HUrEjiR Maurice Childs (@_moocha_) July 20, 2020 One Wisconsin photographer also seems to have captured the same sort of double feature I saw: Over a dozen meteor showers are currently active, but just a few of them are likely to produce many visible shooting stars, according to the American Meteor Society's Robert Lunsford. The Southern delta Aquariids, alpha Capricornids, Anthelion meteor showers have the potential to produce multiple meteors per hour this week. The famous Perseids are also just getting going, but might generate one or two trailing lights per hour. "The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 4 as seen from mid-northern latitudes and 3 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S). For morning observers, the estimated total hourly rates should be near 22 as seen from mid-northern latitudes (45N) and 19 as seen from tropical southern locations (25S)," Lunsford writes in his weekly meteor-spotting forecast. "The actual rates will also depend on factors such as personal light and motion perception, local weather conditions, alertness, and experience in watching meteor activity. Evening rates are reduced during this period due to moonlight." Remember, the best way to see Neowise and meteors is to get as far away from light pollution as possible. Look for the comet under the Big Dipper in the evening sky, and don't forget your camera! Keep those stellar, er, cometary images coming to @EricCMack on Twitter or Instagram.
Apple starts iPhone 11 assembly in India, report says - CNET
Some locally manufactured phones have reportedly already shipped to Apple's stores.
Apple is reportedly beginning iPhone 11 assembly in India. Andrew Hoyle/CNET iPhone manufacturer Foxconn has started assembling iPhone 11 devices at its plant near Chennai, India, according to a Friday report by TechCrunch. Some locally manufactured units have already shipped to Apple's stores, but the production yield is limited, a person familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. The move reportedly aligns with Apple's goal to increase production in India. Most iPhone models are currently produced in China. Assembling devices in India allows smartphone vendors like Apple to avoid the Indian government's import duty of around 20% on imported electronics, TechCrunch notes. At the company's shareholder meeting earlier this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the iPhone maker will open its first retail store in India next year.
SpaceX launches South Korean military satellite atop Falcon 9 rocket - CNET
The Anasis-II military communications satellite is headed to space atop a history-making rocket booster.
The Falcon 9 booster for the Anasis-II mission is a history-making rocket. It was the booster used to deliver NASA astronauts to the ISS in May. Video screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET SpaceX successfully launched a South Korean military communications satellite atop a Falcon 9 rocket on Monday after a technical issue delayed liftoff last week. The Anasis-II mission lifted off into blue skies at 2:30 p.m. PT from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. SpaceX reported successful deployment of the satellite into orbit. The Anasis-II launch marks SpaceX's 12thlaunch this year, the 90th flight of a Falcon 9 and the second overall for this particular booster. The booster was first flown in May to deliver NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station -- the first time a commercial company has done so. So it has some history. Following stage separation Monday, SpaceX successfully landed Falcon 9's first stage on the "Just Read the Instructions" droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. The South Korean satellite was originally scheduled to launch on July 14. But SpaceX pushed back blast-off "to take a closer look at the second stage, swap hardware if needed" just a day before launch. Anasis-II is South Korea's first military communications satellite. Because of its connection to the military, there's not a lot of information about it, except that it's based on Airbus' Eurostar E3000 satellite bus, according to the Everyday Astronaut. Anasis-II's mass is classified due to its military mission, but for context, other E3000 satellites range from 4,500 to 6,500 kilograms at launch, according to NASA Spaceflight.com. Prior to the launch, Sae Kyu Nam, president for South Korea's Agency for Defense Development, expressed regret at not being able to to attend the launch in person due to the coronavirus crisis. "Gods are with us to pave a path toward the heavens," he said in an online broadcast, thrusting his right arm into the air. "Falcon 9, seize the future." The Anasis-II spacecraft deployed about 32 minutes after liftoff. SpaceX didn't show the satellite deployment live on its webcast, per the customer's request, but did include verbal confirmation on the livestream. You can relive the launch below.
Comet Neowise is a photographer's dream: Tips for capturing it - CNET
It's the brightest comet in almost a quarter century, and a great opportunity for photographers.
This NASA image from the Parker Solar Probe uses processed data to show comet Neowise's twin tails. NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Naval Research Lab/Parker Solar Probe/Guillermo Stenborg NASA says comet Neowise is the brightest space iceball to fly by Earth since at least 1997, and it's now putting on a show in the evening sky, sending hopeful astrophotographers out into the dark. Plenty of gorgeous images of the comet appearing over the horizon just before sunrise or shortly after sunset have been circulating online, even as most people still were needing binoculars to locate the speeding space visitor. This leads to an obvious question: How the heck did they get those great shots? Neowise over Cheyenne, Wyoming on July 12. Spaceweather.com/Jan Curtis It takes a little planning and patience, but with the right equipment and a little cooperation from the weather, just about anyone can do it. Here are some basic tips to get you started. Pick the right time and place During the rest of its run, comet Neowise will appear primarily in the northwest and western evening skies. See my earlier post for more details on exactly where to look or use an online sky mapping tool like TheSkyLive.com for your time and location. Where to look for Neowise in July. NASA/JPL-Caltech Once you know which direction to face, you'll need to get as far away from all light pollution as possible and make sure you'll have as clear and broad a view of the night sky as you can find. Clouds and city lights can really ruin your astrophotography plans. Some more intrepid photographers have taken to late-night or early-morning mountain climbs to get the best vantage points possible, often with remarkable results. Just be sure to prepare and be safe if you're going to make an expedition out of it. Grab your gear While a comet zips through space at 17,500 miles per hour (28,159 kilometers per hour), it appears almost stationary from our perspective. That means photographing Neowise is about precision and long exposures rather than any sort of action shots. As such, you'll need a sturdy tripod and a camera with a good telephoto zoom lens. You'll need to be able to set the lens and camera to manual focus and exposure, as well as use a Bulb, Time or long-exposure preset mode to handle the exposure. If you really want to go the extra mile, use a camera with a shutter release cable, self-timer or some other remote operation capability to prevent any shaking or blurring that might come from pressing the shutter button. It doesn't hurt to bring a wide-angle lens as well. The tail of a comet can take up a wide enough area that a zoom lens might not always be practical. That's how many have been able to grab especially stupendous images of both Neowise and the aurora borealis. "I was excited to see my wide-angle lens could capture the span from STEVE (an aurora-related phenomenon) to Neowise, and got about 10 photos," Manitoba-based photographer Donna Lach told NASA. "I observed the incredible aurora for about three hours, and it sometimes stretched above me. At times Neowise was outshone by the brilliant aurora, but it was visible the entire time." Experiment! Once you've found the right spot, located the comet and set up your equipment, the real work begins. First, ditch auto-focus on your camera and play with different focal lengths, exposure times and frame compositions. You might want to isolate the comet, or capture it against the landscape. When NASA's Bill Dunford photographed the comet while it was visible with the naked eye before dawn, he found a certain sweet spot for getting the best images. "I zoomed in on it and exposed each shot for about four seconds," he explains in the above video. Trust the processing We live in a photoshopped world, but with astrophotography you can use image processing to make Neowise look more as it appears in person. This will again require some experimentation and good image-editing software, but Dunford advises playing around to see if you can brighten the image and bring out the brilliance of the comet and reduce noise. This is more likely to be how your brain actually processed the image received from your retinas in real life. Neowise over Washington, D.C. NASA/Bill Ingalls Share the wealth Be sure to share whatever you capture with the world. Some of us are staring down a forecast of cloudy evening skies for the next week, despite living in the southwest desert. Please share your images with me on Twitter and Instagram @EricCMack.