Snapshot from the bedroom window at 1AM last night.
Now 2 days old the moon at 11% illumination presented it self in the evening sky at an elevation of approx. 12 degrees at 21:30, easily visible, unlike yesterday when I could only pick it out using binoculars.
Its companion this evening was Venus, easily visible unlike mercury of the previous evening. Didn’t have to travel any further than front lawn for these shots.
The day old moon was setting on the 14th July with mercury in close attendance, well I went to my usual spot for these events, set up Canon 450D on tripod with cable shutter release and 150-500mm Sigma zoom lens. Sunset well into the NW around 21:30 then patiently scanned horizon in W to WNW direction with 7×50 binoculars for sign of moon which was going to be a thin crescent of approx 3.4%. The more worrying feature was a low cloud bank across the horizon ( see Andys previous post to this) which made for a glorious sunset but was going to cause problems trying to view Mercury and in fact as mercury was about 1-2 degrees to left of moon and about 2 degrees below it never punched through the murk. First image of moon was at 21:46 and last at 22:06 as it slipped into the cloud bank.
1.F6.3,ISO1600, 1/500″, 500mm
2. F5.6, ISO1600, 1/1250″,289mm
3. F6.3,ISO 1600, 1/400″, 500mm
4. F6.3, ISO1600, 1/30″, 150mm
Yes, the same ones Andy has also posted!
Woke up, looked out the bedroom (back) window… could see them bright as anything. Shot round to the front and grabbed camera. Couldn’t get the angle from my office window. Tried Julie’s office window (also on the front), but no joy… Headed downstairs in dressing gown and into back garden. Pulled wheelie bin out (for small tripod) but still no joy! Opened side gate and plonked tripod on car roof and started taking pictures…. rang Andy’s mobile – no joy, rang house number…. got a pretty vacant “…..heeellloooo…”. I think my curt response went something like…” Andy, it’s me, you need to get your arse outside, Noctilucent clouds..!”
This is a 1 second exposure @ f/2.8. ISO 200, 48mm focal length was shot at 3.30am on Friday morning 6th July 2018
My trusty old full frame Nikon D3 on a small travel tripod, itself sitting on my car roof.
Off the iPhone6…
Ean Ean and I viewed an amazing display of noctilucent clouds which was seen best out of our bedroom window (I feel like Roger although I did have window open) in the centre of Lichfield today at 3:30am. The pictures below were taken with either my Samsung S7 phone or Sony A350 DSLR. It was morning twilight and getting quite bright sky in the west just before sunrise with Belt of Venus visible.the clouds extended from approx. 15-60 degrees altitude – over massive area from almost direct north to nearly direct west.
I need to thank Damian who called Ean Ean and myself to make us aware of this incredible display and allowed us to see our first good noctilucent clouds.