As we draw 2021 to a close, here’s a personal highlight of the year!
Surprisingly, I actually managed to capture more targets than I what I thought. Most of it was from earlier in the year mind; the weather in the past four months has been atrocious.
What isn’t included in the image below though was my livestream of the solar eclipse back in June. Again, it wasn’t the clearest of skies, but fortunately I managed to capture the tail end of the eclipse. You can find a highlight reel on YouTube: https://youtu.be/wa9Z_t6AF1M
I was also fortunate enough to be interviewed by ITV Central News about my Astrophotography. I only had 15 seconds of fame in the final piece, but numerous of my images were shown on national TV; a huge achievement after starting only 12 months previously. Unfortunately, I can’t share the video, so I’m sorry you can’t watch it if you missed it live!
This year also found me upgrading my gear in numerous ways. A new AZ-EQ6-GT Equatorial mount was the biggest improvement, after finally getting rid of my old EQ5 Pro. This allowed me to go from throwing out 60% of my exposures to using all the exposures, while also increasing them up to 10-minutes! Also, I purchased the IDAS NBZ dual narrowband filter, which allowed me to double-down on emission nebulae, even on moonlit evenings, which in all honesty is a blessing going forward!
So over all, it’s actually been quite a successful year, and I’m looking forward to what next year brings! I’ve got a few plans and surprises up my sleeve that I’m really excited to share with you, so stay tuned to find out!