It’s been a frustrating couple of weeks in the life of this (very) amateur astronomer. Of course, our old sparring partner the clouds have loomed large and thick, making viewing nights few and far between, and then, when a beautiful, visibility-for-miles kind of night did come about, Herschel said a firm ‘no.’ Try as I… Continue reading Star Diary #6-Pitfalls and Craters
There is something so beguiling about a full moon. An endless source of inspiration for gothic novelists everywhere, it has become synonymous with dark and mysterious happenings, and I have grown up enamoured with it’s beauty. A hazy evening provided the perfect opportunity to try to capture this sentiment.
I really love astronomy. I love getting Herschel out and gazing at the universe until the wee small hours of the morning. Unfortunately, this is not helpful for maintaining a non-zombie like state during the daytime, which in turn leads to some tricky situations at work. This, combined with shockingly poor impulse control means that… Continue reading Star Dairy #4-Lunar Exploration
Taken back in March, this was my first attempt at photographing Jupiter just below the moon, using my Sony DSC HX60, a long exposure and my trusty tripod. It’s not much to look at (you’ll have to trust me that it is in fact Jupiter), but it was one of my first attempts at the… Continue reading Astronomy in Pictures #2 Jupiter Rising
As a photographer, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the Moon. It can be a pest when trying to take night sky pictures, as it tends to blow out the majority of, if not all stellar detail in one big, white blob of light. But it is a gorgeous subject in it’s… Continue reading Astronomy in Pictures #1-Half Moon