The night sky

Spending the weekend on lake Pokegama (Po- Keg-Ama, not Pokey-Gamma) in  Grand Rapids gave a nice opportunity to get some really dark skies for astronomy and astrophotography. The first evening was overcast until well past my bed-time. The second evening was pretty special.

Around 10pm, the milky way was glowing overhead,  the constellations were hard to pick out as there were many more background stars than a London based sky-watcher normally sees.

Ursa Major & Minor
Ursa Major & Minor

I took some photographs, of course. The settings were 18mm focal length, infinity focus, 20sec exposure time, and remote control shutter release (to avoid camera shake).

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Solar eclipse October 2014

An unexpected bonus of being in the US this October was the chance to see the partial solar eclipse.
A simple setup with a nature spotting telescope let me grab this image.


A large sunspot group is just visible vanishing behind both the moon and the silhouette of the house on the other side of the street.