With all the lock downs and the wetter than usual weather patterns due to La Niña, I feel like the 2021 Milky Way core season has barely got here and find myself scrambling to find time and clear sky in the last few weeks before it disappears from view until the new year. It’s not about quantity though, it is about quality, and I feel I managed to a couple of really great nights out to see out the season. Will be looking for different targets over the summer months, but am already looking forward to the Milky Way core returning to the eastern skies in the wee hours of the morning in late January.
Has been too long since I spent any significant time under the stars, so when I saw that the peak of the Geminids meteor shower coincided with a day off I was pretty excited. I did a bunch of scouting and planning in the days leading up, ultimately choosing to head north for the dark skies as the Geminids radiant was forecast at just 22 degrees above the horizon at my location. It was so good getting under some really seriously dark skies and an amazing experience to see this cosmic fireworks in display. I initially thought I might get some sleep, but nope, they meteors were firing almost all night and had me completely captured.
Recently spent some time in Beechworth in North Western Victoria following the lifting of our second COVID-19 induced lock down. Not an ideal time of the lunar cycle for Milky Way photography with the moon at its brightest, however having so few opportunities to get out this year and being in a new place, I made the most of it anyway. Probably worked out for the best anyway as the illumination provided by the near full moon meant navigating my way around unfamiliar ground much easier. Would love to get back during a new moon during Milky Way season, some really spectacular foreground compositions to be found in this region.