Comments: For those, like me, who love stars, as long as they are of the astronomical rather than the 'celebrity' variety

I'm heading to Scotland next month so can you please do a spell for clear skies? I've just done a course with Mr Dorset Scouser on how to photograph the milky way ...

Posted by Debster on 28 April, 2018 at 2:26 PM

Thanks BW for this map.

Posted by Cornish Monkey on 28 April, 2018 at 2:33 PM

Astonishing. It puts our little problems into perspective.

Posted by delcatto on 28 April, 2018 at 6:03 PM

I bought my star tracker and fired off a few test shots last night. Hoping for clear skies at the time of the new moon!

Posted by Debster on 5 May, 2018 at 8:08 AM

I'm intrigued Debster... does the star tracker link to your camera in the same way that computers link to telescopes to follow sky things?

DorsetScouser's work is a bit too contrived for my liking, but stars/galaxies without the brightly-lit pretty landmarks would be good. Try the Karoo in South Africa for Milky Way and a half opportunities...

Posted by Blue Witch on 5 May, 2018 at 7:23 PM

The star tracker is a celestial mount. You have to line it up with polaris and it rotates slowly with the stars. This means the land is blurred instead. You fix the camera or telescope to it. I managed a twenty minute exposure in Scotland although the sky up there was surprisingly light at three am. It's called the star adventurer if you want a bit more info. Dorset scouser does a lot of his stuff in post production. Taking the photo is just the start. You can stack multiple images as well.

Posted by Debster on 24 May, 2018 at 11:36 PM