Ash cloud not affecting views of the night sky in Canvey Island

Despite the blanket ban on flying, the panicked wheeze of chronic asthma sufferers and the cries of ‘we’re all doomed’ from the latter day god botherers, the ash cloud purportedly smothering the UK in it’s toxic arms hasn’t it seems spoilt the views of the skies over Essex. The wonderfully clear skies have remained so during the night allowing us mere mortals an unobstructed view of both stars and moon.
The tripod was in the car, so this one was taken hand-held with the 300mm at full stretch f5.6 @ 1/320 sec. A bit of cropping and a light dusting of unsharp mask in Photoshop complete the processing and voila.

1st Quarter moon

Waxing Gibbous……

Two words that no matter what, always make me smile like a naughty schoolboy. Absolutely no idea why, but it just does. As the old lens died whilst attempting a moon shot, I thought I’d test the new one on the same subject. I have to say that I’ve been impressed with the image quality of this sub ¬£100 lens for the football photos with little or no chromatic abberation which was sometimes a problem with the Tamron.

Moon over Canvey

Was quite pleased with the result of the moon as well – Detail is pretty good for a cheapy lens, and unless you’re pixel peeping it’s generally an acceptable image. This is a pretty heavy crop (not quite 100%) of the full photo, and as had a contrast boost and a little unsharp mask added prior to uploading.

Shutter speed was 1/320 @ f8.0 and you can see a bigger version here on my flickr stream