The Sun’s Awake!

It’s been a quiet month on the astro front unfortunately; mostly cloudy skies with the odd exception on certain nights. When it was clear though, I would either be battling a full moon or the seeing was truly terrible, causing horrible gradients in my images and huge guiding errors. No good for hours upon hours…

Wolverhampton Observing Weekend – WoW2

As I have mentioned numerous times on here before, I am a member of the Wolverhampton Astronomical Society. Right at the start of the lockdown, all the way back in 2020, I joined the society as a way to gain knowledge about the night sky and learn how to use my new-at-the-time telescope rig. Throughout…

PAS 2022 + First Light with the Star Adventurer 2i

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the Practical Astronomy Show 2022, which was the first of its kind in the UK for three years! It was an unbelievable show, and I got to meet some amazing people in the process. Most notably I was stood talking to Glenn from AstroBloke for the best…

Widefield IC 405 & Surrounding Targets

For all my of my two years that I’ve been doing Astrophotography, the darkest skies that I have ever had the opportunity’s to feast my eyes on was Bortle 5 at the Wolverhampton Astronomical Society Observatory. However that all changed last weekend! Through the society, I met a good friend who I helped start his…

Revisiting An Old Friend

In all of the night sky, both North & South Hemispheres, there’s no other target quite so infamous as the Great Orion Nebula. Everyone can see it with their naked eye, even if they don’t realise that they’re looking at the closest star-forming region to Earth, at approximately 1,350 light-years away. Having a magnitude of…

Samyang 135mm F/2 ED UMC Review – Part 2

Welcome to the second part of this review, outlining the first-light of the utterly stunning Samyang 135mm F/2 ED UMC Apochromatic prime lens. First off, I must apologise that this part is also much longer than the last, so sit back with a cup of coffee as you’ll probably need it to get through it…

Samyang 135mm F/2 ED UMC Review – Part 1

For those readers who are well versed in astrophotography, you might well have already come across this camera lens. Or, at least heard of its legendary status within the community. There’s few lenses that have the acceptance of being ‘the perfect astrophotography lens’, but this one is certainly 99.99% of the way there. For those…

A New Year, A New Target

Well only a few days after the new year, we had our first clear skies of 2022; a much welcome change! It was a cold, frosty evening after work when I set up the rig, but I also had an early start the following morning. So, I only had chance to grab a few hours…

2021 Review

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…

The Sky Has A Soul!

It feels ages since I last wrote a post on here, but looking back there’s actually been three this month alone! Hopefully the weather will keep on improving as we head into the depths of winter…Orion is calling me again! The other evening we had clear skies, and even more surprisingly it was clear all…