We are all happy to post those shots that we set out to achieve and managed to capture, but the truth is, for every one of those there are several 'misses' that never stray from the laptop. I aimed to shoot the Perseids meteor shower last night but the waning gibbous moon really illuminated the night sky making my efforts to catch it almost impossible. You can see on the right side of the image where the moon is illuminating the smoke from distant forest fires and causing a 'white out'.
Rather than give it up altogether I lounged around the back garden on the patio furniture making a star trail and catching what few meteors were visible. There was even a glimpse of an aurora on the distant horizon and though I saw about 20 meteors in the 2.5 hours I was outside I only caught 7 on camera, most of which disappeared in the star stacking merge. I still really enjoyed being out there looking up at the stars and expect to be making more of these trails in the winter when the dry clear (smoke free) skies return.
In real terms this was a miss , but what a beautiful miss it turned out to be.
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