Monday, 20 April 2020

LOCKDOWN! More garden astro

After 2 weeks of moonlit skies, the moon has finally set for a couple of weeks and I'm into a run (hopefully) of clear skies around the Lyrid meteor shower.
These are from the early morning of 20th Aptil, with the peak due in a couple of days time.
Managed to capture 2 Lyrids between 1am and 3am and got a nice star trail from the back garden

A couple of cheeky Lyrid meteors from the back garden

Star trail from the garden (1am - 4am, 360 shots, F4.0 @30s ISO1600)

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

LOCKDOWN! And an increase in local night photography

Since early March 2020, we've been locked down in the UK, unable travel unless absolutely necessary. That's meant it's been impossible to escape the light polluted skies of Surrey.
And, as Sod's Law dictates, there has been night after night of clear skies through March and April.
I tried to capture the Milky Way over Surrey, but the light pollution is a killer.
Got a nice ISS shot, with it slicing past Venus and the Moon.
Also got a nice shot of the Pink Supermoon rising over Woking.
Opportunities are few and far between, but it's nice to be out on a warm(ish) clear night.

ISS arching over Lightwater, past the Moon and Venus

Just a hint of Milky Way over Woking's light pollution

Pink Supermoon rising over Woking's own rising towers