I have always had a passing interest in astronomy but it was not to little more than 4 years ago that I was truly bitten by the astronomy bug. Astrophotography now plays a major role in my life so much so I spend my days monitoring weather and spaceweather websites. By night I tour the county of Donegal in the northwest of Ireland, where I was born and raised, seeking out the idyllic foregrounds to complement the regions famously dark skies.
Behind the Image
On the first day of March 2013, after a busy day, I was just about to sit down to dinner when I noticed via the web that a Solar wind had arrived at Earth making for favourable Aurora conditions. I wolfed down my dinner down and took a quick look at the weather radar on the web. It didn’t look good! However, I decided to take and chance and head to the coast. I knew a place on the west coast that I thought had great potential for Earth and sky shots so at 19:00 I pointed the Car west and drove!
Upon arrival at 20:30 I was star struck when I stepped out of the car! The bright and brilliant stars of the Milky Way blazed overhead, a faint Aurora display was in progress to the north and the elusive Zodiacal Light shone intensely extending skyward form the western horizon. I look a few minutes to take in all and then I sprang into action with my camera and tripod. Although the air was moist the skies stayed clear for the next two and half hours. I enjoyed a peaceful yet invigorating night soaking in the celestial light and listening to the sounds of the ocean under an inky black sky.
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Image Details: Date: 01 March 2013 Time: 20:45 Location: Cruit Island, Donegal, Ireland. Equipment: Canon 1000D, Sigma 20mm F1.8 Lens, Fixed Tripod. Exposure: Three panels of 30sec, ISO 1600, F2.2 exposures.
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