After watching the excellent Stargazing Live (a proper series has to be in the offing) and watching their guide to taking pictures of the stars I thought I’d give it a go. London is not the best place in the world for taking photographs of the night sky, far too much light pollution from street lights, buildings, passing traffic and depending where you are passing aircraft, but here’s a few first attempts.
The waxing crescent of the moon.
Jupiter. Not a great shot but you can make out the moons. The one top left is probably Ganymede, then Europa, Callisto is obscured by the brightness of Jupiter and just peeking out on the bottom right is Io.
Without doubt one the Canon S90 is still one of the best digital compact cameras you can lay your hands on, although Canon have recently updated it to the S95 which includes the ability to shot HD movies. Rare for a camera of this size is the ability shoot in full manual where you can adjust multiple parameters independently of each other allowing you to do things only possible on a full DSLR. Here’s a few examples of motion blur… in this case a slow shutter speed and a large F-stop. These were taken on two separate early evenings at Wimbledon Station, oh and I’d like to make it clear I’m not claiming any artist ability with these.