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Taken in Scarborough, North Yorkshire on 16 December 2017.
My main aim with this image was to show those just starting out in the world of astrophotography what can be achieved on a budget with simple and affordable equipment. Using my iPhone and the NightCap app set to Star Trails mode I captured this as one image over a period of four hours (hence the number of airplane trails!). I then edited the image on my iPhone using the Snapseed app to darken the sky and bring out some colour in the star trails.
I was very pleased with the outcome given that all of this was achieved using only an iPhone and readily available, easy to use apps.
By Space Ranger
After what seemed like a very long period of cloudy weather myself and a few others from the local astronomy group decided to take advantage of the forecast clear skies and spend a night under the stars on the 13th/14th. Despite the bright moonlight there were plenty of bright Geminid meteors on show. Unfortunately I didn't catch any of the really bright ones with the camera.....
The aurora was a nice bonus though.
Later in the night after the moon had set there was a short period of darkness enabling fainter objects to be imaged....
A quick shot of M51 was obtained before targeting Comet Lovejoy....
A fine end to a thoroughly enjoyable night under the stars.
Joy Cove, Steuben Maine
A cool September evening in quiet Downeast Maine. The tide rolls out of the flats of Joy Cove with only the Illumination of the rising Moon and the camp fire. The stars of Sagittarius trail through the trees in this secluded campsite. The wife and kids tucked away in their sleeping bags while dad enjoys the warm campfire. You can perhaps just make this out with my back towards the camera. Ah, life in Maine.
Pentax Spotmatic II 35mm f/3.5 SMC Takumar @ f/5.6 - 15 minutes exposure on Kodak Elite Chrome 200. Cropped to 5:4 ratio
Camping in Maine by Nightfly Photography, on Flickr