To Infinity, and Beyond

It was Saturday evening, the forecast was to be clear, and there was a new moon; all of which could mean only one thing — astrophotography. 

Myself, Alistair Hamill and Ryan Simpson all embarked for Slieve Slievenaglogh to catch sunset, after which we climbed Slieve Commedagh for some shots of the milky way. When it came to sunset I unfortunately made the poor of decision of rushing to what looked to be a good vantage, only to arrive and find the sun sneaking behind the clouds & horizon.

So for me, sunset was a bust. But that wasn't the real reason we had ventured up the Mournes this evening. No, the best of the shots were to come later! After arriving at Slieve Commedagh we helped Ryan pitch his tent (since he was camping on the summit) and then proceeded to shoot the night sky. 

What we didn't expect, however, was that we would have to battle with summit mist! Between every shot we were continuously wiping our lenses dry and quite often still found that our images would appear soft due to the moisture in the air. After a few hours at the top Alistair and I then proceeded to hike back down again. Fortunate enough for us, when we arrived at the saddle between Slieve Donard and Slieve Commedagh we found the conditions to be much better and managed to grab a few more shots before heading home. 

All in all, it was a fantastic evening and hopefully won't be the last time (a few buddies and) I photograph the milky way in the Mournes!