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at 6pm last night when we set off out to pickering in the car, it did not look good. when we pulled up in the car park at the hole of horcum, it looked even worse. phone assured us that it would clear up at 9pm and visibility would be excellent but whilst we sat in the car the sky had gone black and it was lashing down. with 3 miles to walk to get to the stones, we were either going for it or going home.
needless to say we bit the bullet and set off in the dark down some tracks david vaguely recalled. it clearly worked out good though since we got there without a single moment of getting lost and also without a single instance of seeing any interesting creatures other than rabbits as dalby is completely devoid of animals, no matter what the forestry commission will have you believe.
pretty much right on cue, the clouds began to part and reveal the stars. the moon was a bit bright as we were really hoping to see the nebular cloud clearly, but the ferocious wind created some really fast moving clouds and the moon, which was unbelieveably bright, provided some really nice sidelighting and backlighting for a couple of shots. we could see a couple of far off thunder storms, probably 100s of miles away.
these were my favourite 4 from the evening. i’m a cloud blur fan. had it not been so cold and so bright we may have done some really long exposures but sitting down and doing nothing for an hour wasn’t a tempting prospect.
the walk back was interesting, especially when we met a farmer while walking across a field at midnight with headtorches. he was pretty friendly though, not friendly enought to offer a lift though.
shooting stars, as in taking pictures of them, is difficult. pretty chuffed i managed to catch a shooting star, as in fast moving space object, as well as what looks like a satelite and the gas cloud thing which i don’t know the scientific name for.
this is a 50-ish minute exposure that came out towards the far end of the histogram, a massive white out on the screen. it edited up ok considering it was a bit of an experiment and the bright sky from light pollution so close to town. plus the constant passing of the fairground lasers, (underneath), which i reckon you can probably see about 6 miles from scarborough. also it was the first time i’ve managed to locate the correct polaris star, which in hindsight is actually really easy and i don’t know how i’ve got it wrong so many times.