Supernova SN 2014J in M82

Supernova SN 2014J in M82

This is one of those quite gratifying occasions when a major discovery in the sky falls within the relatively easy reach of the amateur astrophotographer. On 21 January, astronomy news feeds were reporting a supernova becoming visible in galaxy M82, close to the constellation of Ursa Major. Here in Kendal, we hadn’t seen much of … Continue reading

Chasing ISON through the clouds – the full story of early morning 15 November 2013

Chasing ISON through the clouds – the full story of early morning 15 November 2013

To say that astrophotography in Cumbria is “hit and miss” would be an understatement.  It is mostly miss.  Cumbria, home to The English Lake District, is probably the wettest county in the UK.  When we are not catching the wet weather fronts coming in every few days from the Atlantic, the terrain tends to generate … Continue reading