29/12/12: Mozambique Update

December 29, 2012

Currently having a fantastic time in Mozambique with the family. The trip has corresponding with an ever brightening moon in the sky which has limited deep sky photography with the Vixen Polarie, but I have added a couple of scenic shots to the website.

I have taken the opportunity however to get some practice in with the Polarie. Unlike the Northern Hemisphere polar alignment is more difficult as there is no Pole Star! I've also found the Polarie compass to be inaccurate which is a bit of a disappointment. On the nights it has been clear, I have managed 2-3 minute exposures before trailing, but the moonlight has washed out any decent deep sky stuff.

On a recent hunting trip, I did see the Milky Way stretching from horizon to horizon which was amazing, but to photograph it I would have needed to put down the shotgun!

Anyway, with still another week to go I hope to get some deep sky stuff. Watch this space!

 

 



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