The Night Sky 2

The Night Sky 2

My son's second effort resulted in this image of M31 The Great Andromeda Galaxy, which was photographed on an exceptionally clear, albeit very cold, dark night during another visit to the same Mid-Wales site.

The galaxy is not face on, but tilted at an angle so you don't get the full catherine wheel effect. You can also see the much smaller M32 galaxy just below M31.

Hope you like both photos.

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Amazing. I love astronomy too. There used to be a lady here whose husband was very good. Tell your son to keep going. Fab photos

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There's no stopping him at the mo. Thanks Allanah.

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WOW that is some photo.xxxx

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Thanks Sylvi, glad you like it.

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Brilliant, well done great photo.Now I'm living in the Highlands I'm waiting to see the Boliaris no luck so far.

Regards Mike

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You're so lucky living in such a beautiful area, hope you get to see your boliarus soon.

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Would love to see the Boliaris. Hope you see them before too long.

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Great photo.

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Thanks Smiler.

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What a lovely photo x

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Thanks Matilda.

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Absolutely beautiful, is this dark sky reserve?

Sorry, doh, just seen other image x

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It's in the Brecon Beacons dark sky reserve. There is a small amount of light pollution from the urban areas of South Wales, but it's still pretty dark for the most part. Another 30 minute drive to the north will bring you to truly dark skies, but that's a bit too far for just a single evening's session.

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I live in South coast city so seldom see anything like that unless we're down in Cornwall, though Exmoor probably better. My absolutely favourite book this year was End of Night though, Paul Bogard on loss of dark skies. Your son's are truly awe inspiring photos. Phillips 2018 Night Sky on my Christmas list; it lists UK dark sky reserves!

I notice so much on this site that it's often nature that gives everyone a bit of a lift: wading bird spotting with my brother and the dogs earlier today on coastal common near us. Yes, total geek, don't care! Thanks for posting.

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Thanks Kerena, Total geek here too. Not only am I interested in astronomy, but I'm also a keen birdwatcher and absolutely loved birding my local patch with my dogs, which I did on a regular basis since 1980, and still would be if this blinking RA hadn't put a stop to it. I just haven't been able to walk very far for the last 2 years or so. I'm still an active armchair birder though and my former bird watching companion and close friend keeps me updated with reports and pics of what he's been seeing on our patch and other sites.

The best night sky I've ever seen was when I was holidaying at a remote small caravan site on Bodmin Moor in 1976. There was a lot less light pollution back then and the caravan site had no outside lighting and just gas lights to illuminate the caravans. Oh so very romantic don't you think? :-)

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Yes I do, soul stirring stuff! I'm so sorry you've had to limit your birdwatching, so sad when it takes away things you love. I love Cornwall too, my dad's family from there. I do enjoy birds in garden in morning unless our local squirrel 'Nutkins' has got there first 😀

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What a great pic Wishy, thank you (& your son) for sharing. When we moved into our new home in Spain & saw there was no light pollution my brother-in-law bought us a great present of a map of the night sky. It was well used & eventually was framed, sealed & hung on the patio wall.

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Living somewhere like that would be great for star gazing, and would save my son packing all his gear in the car (he takes a fair sized telescope as well) and a 40 mile drive there and back.

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